The Mega Millions numbers drawn Friday didn’t make anyone a millionaire, as not even a single ticket matched the first five numbers for the nationwide lottery’s second prize. With no big winner either, the jackpot now rises to $34 million for Tuesday’s drawing.
Friday’s $26 million Mega Millions jackpot attracted ticket sales of 16,408,983. That’s a jump of about 2.5 million from the Tuesday drawing as the jackpot continues its slow upward climb since May 2 when one player in Pennsylvania became the first in that state to hit it big with a Mega Millions jackpot, winning a top prize of $149 million.
Friday’s drawing was the fourth straight with no Mega Millions jackpot winner.
Also on Friday, Oklahoma state lottery officials warned of a new Mega Millions scam making the rounds in that state, but which could potentially spread to other states as well. In the scam, potential victims receive a phone call — often from a number with an 873 area code — telling them they have won a large prize in the Mega Millions lottery.
The caller then tells the recipient of the call that to claim the cash, he or she must wire a certain amount of money in up-front taxes.
“The lottery will never ask you to send an up-front payment in order to claim a prize,” Rollo Redburn, executive director of Oklahoma’s lottery commission said. “In addition, we don’t know the identity of Mega Millions jackpot winners until they show up in our office.”
In fact, even though there were no jackpot or “Match Five” winners Friday, that doesn’t mean no one holding a Mega Millions ticket won anything. To the contrary, 1,042,264 Mega Millions tickets Friday were worth at least some cash.
There were 12 third-prize winners, matching four of the first five Mega Millions numbers plus the Mega Ball. While 11 of those tickets can be turned in for a $5,000 prize, in California, under that state’s pari-mutuel payout system, the single ticket holder who matched the “4+1” combo will walk away with $16,267.
Was your Mega Millions ticket a winner? Check that ticket against the following numbers, drawn at 10:59 pm Friday in Atlanta, Georgia:
10 — 13 — 42 — 43 — 62 Mega Ball 2
Tuesday’s Mega Millions jackpot carries an estimated lump sum cash value of $19.8 million, for a winner who chooses to receive the jackpot cash all at once.