October heats up as the Mega Millions jackpot grows!
RELEASE DATE: 10/6/2018
The weather may be cooler as fall sets in, but Mega Millions is getting hotter! The sixth largest jackpot in the game’s history will be up for grabs on Tuesday, October 9. The prize jumps to an estimated $470 million ($265.3 million cash) after no ticket matched all six numbers drawn Friday night – the white balls 27, 28, 32, 41 and 69, plus the gold Mega Ball 12.
While the jackpot rolls, there were still big winners Friday night. Two tickets matched the five white balls to win the game’s second prize; they were sold in California and Kentucky. Thirty tickets matched four white balls plus the Mega Ball for the $10,000 third prize; three of those are actually worth $20,000 each because they included the optional Megaplier (available in most states for an extra $1 purchase), which was 2x Friday night.
In total, there were 1,357,503 winning tickets at all prize levels in the October 5 drawing. Since the last jackpot was won on July 24, there have been more than 13.3 million winning tickets at all prize levels, including 20 worth $1 million or more.
A California office pool of 11 co-workers shared the last Mega Millions jackpot won – a whopping $543 million prize on July 24, the third largest in the game’s history and the largest ever won with a single ticket. Three other jackpots have been won this year – $451 million on January 5 (Florida), $533 million on March 30 (New Jersey), and $142 million on May 4 (Ohio).
The record Mega Millions jackpot of $656 million on March 30, 2012, was shared by winners in Illinois, Kansas and Maryland. Just behind that is a $648 million pot won in California and Georgia on December 17, 2013.
The top Mega Millions jackpots to date:
|$656 million||3/30/2012||3-IL, KS, MD|
|$648 million||12/17/2013||2-CA, GA|
|$470 million (est)||10/9/2018||?|
|$414 million||3/18/2014||2-FL, MD|
|$390 million||3/6/2007||2-GA, NJ|