RELEASE DATE: 1/2/2021
The annual celebrations of New Year’s Eve have come and gone, but Mega Millions is providing continued excitement as the jackpot keeps rising! An estimated $432 million ($329.7 million cash) jackpot will be offered on Tuesday, January 5, after no ticket matched all six numbers drawn on Friday night – the white balls 8, 24, 53, 68 and 69, plus the gold Mega Ball 7. If won at that level, it would be the tenth largest prize in Mega Millions history, and the largest since June 2019!
Just three years ago, a $451 million jackpot was won on January 5, 2018. Will history repeat itself with a big winner next Tuesday?
While the jackpot grows, plenty of winners have some extra cash on hand to help celebrate the New Year – there were a total of 1,389,255 winning tickets at all prize levels in the January 1 drawing. Better yet, for tickets that included the Megaplier (an optional $1 extra purchase available in most states) the prizes were multiplied by five after the 5X Megaplier was drawn! In Friday night's drawing, one ticket, sold in Texas, matched the five white balls to win the game's $1 million second prize. Thirty-one tickets matched four white balls plus the Mega Ball to win $10,000; two of those are actually worth $50,000 each because they included the optional Megaplier.
Since the jackpot was last won in Wisconsin on September 15, there have been more than 17.3 million winning tickets sold at all prize levels, including 23 worth $1 million or more.
The Mega Millions jackpot 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:
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