RELEASE DATE: 1/7/2021
There’s a New Year’s surprise for Mega Millions players, as strong sales have pushed the estimated jackpot for the January 8 drawing to $510 million ($377.4 million cash). It’s just the eighth time in Mega Millions history that the jackpot has been greater than half a billion dollars!
The first days of a new year have often been lucky ones, as three of the game’s largest prizes have been awarded in the first half of January: $451 million on January 5, 2018; $437 million on January 1, 2019; and $380 million on January 4, 2011.
The Mega Millions jackpot has been rolling since it was last won in Wisconsin on September 15. The top prize was won five times in 2020, with two states getting their first-ever jackpot win in the game: Arizona, which took the largest prize of the year at $414 million on June 9, and Wisconsin, where a lucky winner won $120 million on September 15. Two 2020 jackpots were won in New Jersey: $202 million on February 11 and $123 million on July 24. And on July 31, a California winner took home a $22 million prize.
The top Mega Millions jackpots to date:
||3-IL, KS, MD
|$510 million (est)
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