According to the Mega Millions website, the next estimated jackpot as of this writing will be $508 million, with the cash option landing at $357 million. The next Mega Millions drawing will be held on Friday, July 8, at 11 p.m. ET. Lots of eyeballs will likely pay attention to that drawing, since the Mega Millions jackpot is unusually high.
As reported by Fox News, there were no winning tickets for the Mega Millions drawing on Tuesday, July 5. On that day, the Mega Millions jackpot was worth $454 million. With the Mega Millions jackpot rolling over 34 times with no winner, the focus on the coming Mega Millions jackpot winner will be intense.
The Mega Millions website lists zero jackpot winners for the $454 million estimated jackpot on July 5. The winning Mega Millions numbers are listed as white balls of 29, 46, 53, 64, 73, and a yellow ball of 10.
Just because no one won the July 5, $454 million Mega Millions jackpot doesn’t mean people should toss their Mega Millions tickets away without checking to see if they’ve won lesser amounts. According to lottery officials, although no one matched all six Mega Millions winning numbers, at least seven Match 5 winning tickets were sold. Those new millionaires bought tickets in California, Florida, New Jersey, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, and Texas.
The Mega Millions website page titled “How to Play” lists how matching five white balls and no yellow ball match can still net a person $1 million as a Mega Millions prize. At least those are the rules as of this writing. Matching four white Mega Millions balls with one yellow ball match would bring a winner $5,000 as part of the Mega Millions jackpot. Lesser winnings include prizes of $500, $50, $5, $2, and $1.
In the “Where to Play” section on the Mega Millions website, there is a drop-down box that shows winners a long list of states — from Arizona to Wyoming — that allow the Mega Millions game to be played therein. In a page titled “Summer sizzler – a $508 million jackpot for July 8!” the Mega Millions website explains just how high of a record the new Mega Millions jackpot is setting.
“No ticket matched all six numbers drawn Tuesday night – 29, 46, 53, 64 and 73, plus the Mega Ball 10, so a whopping $508 million ($357 million cash) estimated jackpot will be offered on Friday, July 8. Coincidentally, the only two Mega Millions jackpots won this year were drawn on the eighth day of a month – January 8 and March 8. Could Friday’s draw make it a sweep for the 8s?”
The most recent Mega Millions winner was Michael Burkett, who won $157 million in the Mega Millions lottery in Washington on March 8. Another winner, Nancy Viola, won the $169 million Mega Millions prize in New York on January 8.
It’s been since March 30, 2012, that a Mega Millions record jackpot was set — when the Mega Millions jackpot was $656 million and split between three tickets.
On the Mega Millions website, the odds of someone winning and the process of playing the Mega Millions are listed, as seen below.
“Mega Millions drawings are held Tuesday and Friday at 11:00 pm ET. Five balls are drawn from a set of balls numbered 1 through 75; one ball is drawn from a set of balls numbered 1 through 15. You win if the numbers on one row of your ticket match the numbers of the balls drawn on that date. There are nine ways to win a prize, from $1 to the jackpot. If no one wins the jackpot, the money is added to the jackpot for the next drawing. Overall chances of winning a prize are 1 in 15.”
As reported by the New York Daily News, attorneys who specialize in helping lottery winners recommend deleting Facebook profiles, setting up an LLC, signing the tickets and crunching the numbers with accountants before going public, if they have to go public at all. One lottery winner chose to sign their ticket and keep it safely in a Bible before turning it into lottery officials.
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