RELEASE DATE: 3/17/2018
The excitement is building! The Mega Millions jackpot jumps to an estimated $377 million ($225 million cash) for the next drawing on Tuesday, March 20, after Friday’s drawing failed to produce a jackpot winner for the 20th consecutive drawing. The winning numbers for March 16 are the white balls 1, 13, 26, 33 and 52, plus the gold Mega Ball 11. If won at $377 million, next Tuesday’s jackpot would be the ninth largest prize in the history of Mega Millions.
March has historically been a good month for jackpot wins – over the years, 17 have been won during the month. Of those, three rank among the ten largest Mega Millions jackpots in history, including the record Mega Millions prize of $656 million on March 30, 2012.
For the second consecutive drawing, there were four winning tickets that matched the five white balls for the game’s second prize, with one including the optional Megaplier. That feature, available in most states, multiplies all non-jackpot prizes for an extra $1 purchase. Friday night’s Megaplier was 3X, so the ticket, sold in New York, is worth $3 million. It is the sixth multi-million Match 5 ticket sold this year due to the Megaplier; others since January 1 were won in Florida, Oklahoma, Texas, Illinois and Connecticut.
The other three Match 5 tickets from the March 16 drawing are worth $1 million each, and were sold in Florida, Kansas and Ohio.
Friday’s drawing produced a total of 1,105,849 winning tickets at all prize levels. Since the last jackpot was won on January 5, there have been more than 11 million winning tickets sold, including 31 worth $1 million or more.
The jackpot has been rolling since it was last won on January 5 at $451 million; a 20-year-old Florida man claimed that prize as the trustee of Secret 007, LLC.
The top Mega Millions jackpots to date:
||3-IL, KS, MD
|$377 million (est)
||4-MD, NJ, TX, VA
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