RELEASE DATE: 12/11/2019
With the holidays fast approaching, the excitement is building as the Mega Millions jackpot keeps growing! No ticket matched all six numbers drawn Tuesday night – the white balls 18, 31, 46, 54 and 61, plus the gold Mega Ball 25 – so the jackpot will be an estimated $340 million ($230.8 million cash) on Friday, December 13.
If won at that level, it would be the 14th largest jackpot in the history of the game. And Friday just may be a lucky day! After all, there have been six Mega Millions jackpots won on a Friday the 13th. Amazingly, four of those have been won in Michigan, most recently on October 13, 2017. The other two were won in New York and Ohio, but none of the six were as large as the $340 million up for grabs this Friday.
While the jackpot builds, there were plenty of other winners in the December 10 drawing – a total of 915,526 winning tickets at all prize levels. Two tickets, one each in California and Wisconsin, matched the five white balls to win the game’s second prize. Twenty-five tickets matched the four white balls plus the Mega Ball for the $10,000 third prize. Four of those are actually worth $20,000 each because they included the optional Megaplier (an extra purchase available in most states), which was 2X on Tuesday night.
Since the last jackpot was won in Texas on September 24, there have been more than 11.4 million winning tickets at all prize levels, including 17 worth $1 million or more.
The Mega Millions jackpot has been won six times to date in 2019, with winners in six different states: New York ($437 million on January 1), New Jersey ($273 million on March 1), Missouri ($50 million on March 12), California ($522 million on June 7), New Hampshire ($168 million on July 23), and Texas ($225 million on September 24). The lucky winner in New Hampshire was that state’s very first Mega Millions jackpot winner.
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