Did you know?

There was a jackpot winner in the very first Mega Millions drawing. The drawing on May 17, 2002 resulted in a $28 million winning ticket in Illinois.

There was a second jackpot winner just one week later - which means there were two jackpot winners within the first three Mega Millions drawings.

More than 200 million tickets were sold (at $1 per ticket) for the then-record $390 million jackpot on March 6, 2007.

Mega Millions has awarded 10 jackpots of more than $300 million, including a record $656 million in March 2012, which was the world's largest jackpot until January 2016.

It only took 68 drawings (34 weeks) for Mega Millions to sell its 1 billionth ticket on January 7, 2003.

Mega Millions ticket sales reached 2 billion tickets just 67 drawings later (33.5 weeks) on August 29, 2003.

The third billionth ticket came just 49 drawings later (24.5 weeks).

From inception through early December, 2013, more than 29 billion Mega Millions tickets were sold.



Fun facts and figures on the new Mega Millions

Since the game was relaunched in October 2013, jackpots have been won in California (3), Florida, Georgia (3), Illinois (3), Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, New York (6), Ohio, Pennsylvania (2), Tennessee, Texas (2), Virginia and Washington (2). They ranged from a high of $648 million down to $15 million.

During the same period, second-tier $1 million (or more with the Megaplier) prizes have been won in almost all jurisdictions where the game is sold. Not surprisingly, larger states such as California and New York have had the most Match 5 winning tickets, but these big prizes have also been won in many jurisdictions with the smallest American lotteries, such as Delaware, Idaho, Kansas, Maine, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, Wyoming and the District of Columbia.

A total of 462 Match 5 winning tickets have been sold to date, 54 of which included the optional Megaplier (a $1 extra purchase). Those lucky players won prizes up to $5 million.

Also since October 2013, to date there have been more than 544 million winning tickets sold at all prize levels.

In calendar year 2014, there were nine Mega Millions jackpots awarded, ranging from a high of $414 million (split between winners in Florida and Maryland) down to $20 million (won in New York).

In calendar year 2015, eight Mega Millions jackpots were won, three at levels of $200 million or more (two in Illinois and one in Ohio). The game welcomed its very first jackpot winner from Missouri in July.

To date in calendar year 2016, there have been eight jackpots won -- on January 8, March 8, July 8, July 19, July 22, September 16, October 11 and November 18. The July 19 and 22 prizes were back-to-back jackpot wins, only the sixth time that has happened in the game's history.