Mega Millions jackpot revised, now at $361 million!

RELEASE DATE: 1/2/2018

There’s a post-holiday surprise for Mega Millions players, as strong sales have pushed the first Mega Millions jackpot of 2018 to an estimated $361 million ($225.9 million cash). If won, that amount would be the eighth largest jackpot in the history of the game.

In the game’s 15 year history, the first days of a new year have been lucky ones. Four jackpots have been won during that time frame, including the seventh largest prize ever, $380 million on January 4, 2011; winners in Idaho and Washington shared that jackpot. January 2, 2009, was lucky for a winner who claimed a $47 million prize in California. On January 1, 2008, $33 million was won in Texas, and $61 million was won in Tennessee on January 3, 2014.

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:

Amount
Date
Winning Tickets
$656 million                  3/30/2012                  3-IL, KS, MD
$648 million 12/17/2013 2-CA, GA
$536 million 7/8/2016 1-IN
$414 million 3/18/2014 2-FL, MD
$393 million 8/11/2017 1-IL
$390 million 3/6/2007 2-GA, NJ
$380 million 1/4/2011 2-ID, WA
$361 million (est) 1/2/2018 ?
$336 million 8/28/2009 2-CA, NY
$330 million 8/31/2007 4-MD, NJ, TX, VA
$326 million 11/4/2014 1-NY

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