Mega Millions jackpot jumps to $445 million!
RELEASE DATE: 1/4/2018
The excitement is building! Strong sales have once again pushed the Mega Millions jackpot higher than originally estimated. The estimated jackpot for Friday, January 5, is now a whopping $445 million ($277.6 million cash). If won, that amount would be the fourth largest jackpot in the history of the game.
In the 15 year history of Mega Millions, the first days of a new year have been lucky ones. Several jackpots have been won in the first half of January, including some of the game’s largest, like the seventh biggest prize ever awarded, $380 million on January 4, 2011; winners in Idaho and Washington shared that jackpot. January 8, 2016, was lucky for a New York winner who claimed a $169 million prize; and a $125 million jackpot was won in Texas on January 9, 2007.
The jackpot has been rolling since it was last won at $42 million on October 13; that prize was shared by winners in Michigan and Rhode Island. Earlier 2017 jackpots were won in New York ($105 million on September 22), Illinois ($393 million on August 11), Arkansas ($177 million on March 31) and California ($191 million on January 27 and $61 million on April 28).
The top Mega Millions jackpots to date are:
|$656 million||3/30/2012||3-IL, KS, MD|
|$648 million||12/17/2013||2-CA, GA|
|$445 million (est)||1/5/2018||?|
|$414 million||3/18/2014||2-FL, MD|
|$390 million||3/6/2007||2-GA, NJ|
|$380 million||1/4/2011||2-ID, WA|
|$336 million||8/28/2009||2-CA, NY|
|$330 million||8/31/2007||4-MD, NJ, TX, VA|