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You Still Have a Chance: Mega Millions Jackpot Expected to Grow to $1.02 Billion

California lottery ticket. Photo credit: Alexander Nguyen

There were no tickets sold with all six numbers in the latest drawing of the multi-state Mega Millions lottery and the estimated jackpot for Friday’s drawing will grow to $1.02 billion, the fourth-largest lottery jackpot in the U.S. history.

The jackpot is the largest since a $1.05 billion jackpot was won on Jan. 22, 2021. The U.S. record jackpot is $1.586 billion for the Jan. 13, 2016, Powerball draw. The $1.537 billion jackpot for Oct. 23, 2018, Mega Millions game is second.

There were eight tickets sold with five numbers in Tuesday’s draw, but missing the Mega number, including one sold at a convenience store in the Mojave Desert community of Baker, which is worth $2,912,502, the Multi-State Lottery Association, which conducts the game, announced.

Tickets with five numbers, but missing the Mega number, sold in other states are worth either $1 million or a multiple of $1 million, but California law requires major payoffs of lottery games to be paid on a pari-mutuel basis.

All but one of the other seven tickets sold with five numbers, but missing the Mega number, was worth $1 million. The exception was the ticket sold in Ohio which is worth $3 million because the player utilized the Megaplier option, where for an additional $1 any non-jackpot prize will be multiplied by the Megaplier number drawn.

The numbers drawn Tuesday were 7, 29, 60, 63, 66 and the Mega number was 15. The estimated jackpot was $830 million.

The drawing was the 29th since the last time a ticket with all six numbers was sold.

The odds of matching all five numbers and the Mega number are 1 in 302,575,350, according to the California Lottery. The overall chance of winning a prize is 1 in 24.

The Mega Millions game is played in 45 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

— City News Service

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