RELEASE DATE: 12/30/2017
The first Mega Millions drawing of the new year will be a big one, as the jackpot continues to roll. No ticket matched all six numbers in Friday night’s drawing – the white balls 4, 10, 18, 28 and 62, plus the gold Mega Ball 7. The estimated jackpot for Tuesday, January 2, is $343 million ($215 million cash) – a value that if won, would be the eighth largest jackpot in Mega Millions history!
One ticket, sold in Florida, matched the five white balls to win $1 million Friday night.
In the game’s 15 year history, the first days of a new year have been lucky ones. Four jackpots have been won during that time frame, including the seventh largest prize ever, $380 million on January 4, 2011; winners in Idaho and Washington shared that jackpot. January 2, 2009, was lucky for a winner who claimed a $47 million prize in California. On January 1, 2008, $33 million was won in Texas, and $61 million was won in Tennessee on January 3, 2014.
The jackpot has been rolling since it was last won at $42 million on October 13; that prize was shared by winners in Michigan and Rhode Island. A total of six jackpots were won in 2017; the others were in New York ($105 million on September 22), Illinois ($393 million on August 11), Arkansas ($177 million on March 31) and California ($191 million on January 27 and $61 million on April 28).
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