RELEASE DATE: 5/25/2016
The Mega Millions jackpot is on the rise! After no ticket matched all six numbers drawn Tuesday night, May 24 – 11, 50, 51, 70 and 75, plus the Mega Ball 15 – the estimated jackpot will be $218 million ($142 million cash) for Friday night’s drawing. It’s the largest Mega Millions jackpot since June 2, 2015!
While the jackpot remains elusive, there were two Match 5 winners in the May 24 drawing, one each in New Jersey and Oregon; each lucky ticket is worth $1 million.
Since the jackpot was last won in Washington on March 8, there have been more than 28 million winning tickets at all prize levels. These include 24 Match 5 winning tickets – 20 worth $1 million and four that included the optional Megaplier. Those four were sold in Ohio ($2 million), North Dakota ($3 million), Texas ($4 million) and Wyoming ($5 million). The North Dakota and Wyoming tickets provided the largest lottery prizes ever won in each of those jurisdictions!
The Mega Millions jackpot has been won twice this year – at $169 million in New York on January 8 and at $157 million in Washington on March 8. Since January 1, there have also been 45 Match 5 winners, including eight that won prizes between $2 million and $5 million because they included the optional Megaplier.
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