RELEASE DATE: 10/7/2023
The ninth Mega Millions® jackpot win of 2023 is in the books, as a single ticket sold in Texas matched all six numbers in Friday night’s drawing – the white balls 12, 24, 46, 57 and 66, plus the gold Mega Ball 22. The prize of $361 million ($157.3 million cash) is the largest Mega Millions jackpot ever won in Texas, and the first in the state since September 24, 2019. The jackpot, adjusted up slightly from the estimated value based on actual sales, had been rolling since it was last won at $39 million in Florida on August 15.
In addition to the jackpot win, there were 905,170 winning tickets across all other prize tiers in the October 6 drawing. Six tickets matched the five white balls to win the game’s second-tier prize. Two, sold in Michigan and New Jersey, are worth $3 million each, because they included the optional Megaplier (available in most states with an extra $1 purchase), which was 3X on Friday night. The other four Match 5 tickets win the standard second-tier prize; they were sold in California, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Washington.
Across the country, 25 tickets matched four white balls plus the Mega Ball to win the third-tier prize. Three are worth $30,000 each, because they also included the optional Megaplier. The other 22 third-tier winning tickets are worth $10,000 each.
During this 15-drawing jackpot run, there were more than 8.7 million winning tickets across all prize levels. They include 16 second-tier prizes of $1 million or more, won in 12 different jurisdictions from coast to coast: California, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas and Washington.
Eight other jackpots have been won so far this year, including the Mega Millions record of $1.602 billion won in Florida on August 8 and a $1.348 billion prize won in Maine on January 13. Proving that jackpots can be won at any time, two jackpots of $20 million were awarded (January 17 and April 18, both in New York), one at $31 million and one at $33 million (both in Massachusetts, on January 31 and January 24, respectively), one at $39 million (in Florida on August 15) and one at $483 million (April 14 in New York).
It’s the first time since 2014 that as many as nine Mega Millions jackpots have been won in a single year. See the complete Mega Millions jackpot history.
Tickets for the $2 game are sold in 45 states, Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands. In most jurisdictions, players can add the Megaplier for an additional $1 to multiply their non-jackpot prizes. Half of the proceeds from the sale of each Mega Millions ticket remains in the state where the ticket was sold, where the money supports designated good causes and retailer commissions.
The jackpot for the next drawing on Tuesday, October 10, resets to its current starting value of $20 million ($8.7 million cash).
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