The Mega Millions jackpot has reached an astounding $560 million after the Tuesday drawing failed to produce a top prize winner. In the upcoming Friday drawing, participants will have the chance to vie for this substantial amount, with a cash option of $281.1 million.
During Monday’s drawing, the winning numbers for the jackpot were announced as 10, 17, 33, 51, 64, and the Mega Ball 5.
Simultaneously, the Powerball jackpot continues to climb, now standing at an impressive $725 million for the Wednesday drawing.
Tickets for both lotteries are available for purchase in 45 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
However, it’s worth noting that five states—Utah, Nevada, Hawaii, Alaska, and Alabama—do not participate in lotteries due to a combination of reasons, including objections from conservatives and concerns about the potential impact on low-income families.
For the Mega Millions game, each ticket costs $2, and players can choose to add the Megaplier for an additional $1, increasing the multiplier effect on non-jackpot prizes.
Mega Millions drawings take place every Tuesday and Friday, offering participants a chance to claim substantial winnings.
To provide context, let’s review the top 10 largest jackpots won in U.S. lottery history, encompassing both Mega Millions and Powerball:
|Amount||Lottery||Date||Winning Ticket Details|
|$2.04 billion||Powerball||Nov. 7, 2022||1 ticket from California|
|$1.586 billion||Powerball||Jan. 13, 2016||Three tickets from California, Florida, Tennessee|
|$1.537 billion||Mega Millions||Oct. 23, 2018||One ticket from South Carolina|
|$1.35 billion||Mega Millions||Jan. 13, 2023||One ticket from Maine|
|$1.337 billion||Mega Millions||July 29, 2022||One ticket from Illinois|
|$1.05 billion||Mega Millions||Jan. 22, 2021||One ticket from Michigan|
|$768.4 million||Powerball||March 27, 2019||One ticket from Wisconsin|
|$758.7 million||Powerball||Aug. 23, 2017||One ticket from Massachusetts|
|$754.6 million||Powerball||Feb. 6, 2023||One ticket from Washington|
|$731.1 million||Powerball||Jan. 20, 2021||One ticket from Maryland|
Manuel Franco of West Allis, Wis., is named the winner of a $768 million Powerball jackpot during a press conference in Madison, Wis., April 23, 2019.
As excitement builds around these massive jackpots, lottery enthusiasts eagerly anticipate the upcoming drawings in the hopes of securing a life-changing fortune.