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Big Mega Millions Jackpot Set for Christmas

RELEASE DATE: 12/22/2018

The largest Mega Millions jackpot ever offered on Christmas Day will be on tap for next Tuesday, December 25 – an estimated $321 million ($193.7 million cash). No ticket matched all six numbers drawn Friday night – the white balls 10, 13, 61, 62 and 70, plus the gold Mega Ball 5.

Since the game began in 2002, drawings have been held on Christmas just four times (the last was in 2015). Although the day itself has not yet produced a jackpot winner, seven Mega Millions jackpots have been won in the days before and after Christmas, including the third largest jackpot in the history of the game – $648 million – on December 17, 2013.

As the jackpot rolls, plenty of winners picked up some last-minute holiday cash with the December 21 drawing – there were 822,587 winning tickets at all prize levels. One ticket, sold in Texas, matched the five white balls to win the game’s $1 million second prize. Seventeen tickets matched four white balls plus the Mega Ball for the $10,000 third prize. One of those is actually worth $30,000 because it included the optional Megaplier (an extra purchase available in most states), which was 3X Friday night.

Since the last jackpot was won on October 23, there have been almost 10.2 million winning tickets at all prize levels, including 19 worth $1 million or more.

The October 23 jackpot was truly a “mega” prize – $1.537 billion won on a single ticket sold in South Carolina; that winner has not yet come forward. Four other jackpots have been won in 2018 – $451 million on January 5 (Florida), $533 million on March 30 (New Jersey), $142 million on May 4 (Ohio) and $543 million on July 24 (California).

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