As the week drew to its end, the Mega Millions Jackpot had already crossed a barrier that hadn’t been seen in history with a chance to buy a ticket that could win you a whopping $1.28 billion.
Maryland Lottery and Gaming Director John Martin spoke live Friday on 11 News at Noon to announce the increase of the Mega Millions jackpot to $1.28 billion for Friday night’s drawing.
“The Mega Millions directors met and — sales have been very, very strong — have agreed to increase tonight’s jackpot from $1.1 billion to $1.8 billion,” Martin told 11 News. “Tonight’s cash value is $747.2 million, and after taxes, that’s a nice $500 million.”
The increase would make this the second-highest Mega Millions jackpot in history and the third-highest overall lottery jackpot in history, passing the $1.05 billion Mega Millions drawing from January 2021.
The Mega Millions jackpot has been rolling since it was last won in Tennessee in mid-April. Since that time, tens of thousands of non-jackpot winning tickets have been sold in Maryland across the game’s nine prize tiers. The winning numbers from the Friday, July 29 drawing are 67, 45, 57, 36 and 13. The MegaBall was 14. The Megaplier was 2x.
If the winning jackpot ticket is sold in Michigan, it’ll be the second time in the past two years a billion-dollar jackpot was won in the Great Lakes State; In January 2021, the $1.05-billion jackpot was won on a Mega Millions ticket sold at Kroger in Novi.
Mega Millions tickets are $2. Adding the Megaplier option for an additional $1 will multiple any prizes except for the jackpot. The deadline to buy winning tickets for the big jackpot was 10:45 p.m. on July 29.
What are the Mega Millions prizes?
For those participating in the game, the rules are quite simple with each ticket holder having a chance to win something at the end of the draw as show below;
- 5 matching numbers + Mega Ball : Jackpot.
- 5 matching numbers: $1 million.
- 4 matching numbers + Mega Ball: $10,000.
- 4 matching numbers: $500.
- 3 matching numbers + Mega Ball: $200.
- 3 matching numbers: $10.
- 2 matching numbers + Mega Ball: $10.
- 1 matching number + Mega Ball: $4.
- Mega Ball matching $2.
No one took the top prize home when numbers were drawn Tuesday, although there were other cash prize winners. One ticket in Virginia won $1 million for matching the five white balls. The Mega Millions jackpot has been won four times this year so far, on January 28, March 8, April 12 and April 15 according to the official website.
“The odds of winning are astronomical. It’s 302.5 million to one to win the top prize. But as we tell people, you need one ticket. You don’t need to spend (money on) 100 tickets. Spend a couple of bucks, enjoy it, and have some fun. You’re allowed to dream about what that would mean to you, but one ticket is really all you need,” Martin said.
A potential winner matching all six balls will receive a cash value of $747.2 million. The odds of doing so are about 1 in 302,575,350, according to lottery officials. Mega Millions tickets are sold in 45 states along with Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
The only U.S. lottery larger than the 2015 figure was a Powerball draw of $1.586 billion in January 2016.
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