Anticipation is building and so is the Mega Millions jackpot.
The jackpot rolled again on Friday night after no ticket matched all six numbers drawn: 14, 40, 60, 64 and 66, plus the gold Mega Ball 16. The top prize has now soared to $790 million with a cash option of $464.4 million.
There were still millions of winners in Friday night’s drawing – a total of 3,428,412 winning tickets at all prize levels. Four tickets matched the five white balls to win the game’s second prize. Three of them are worth $3 million each because they included the optional Megaplier, which can increase a non-jackpot prize by 2, 3, 4, or 5 times in participating states. They were sold in Delaware, New Jersey and New York.
The remaining Match 5 winning ticket, worth $1 million, was sold in Virginia.
There have been only three lottery jackpots ever won – in any game – at a higher level than next Tuesday’s estimated prize of $790 million. Two were Mega Millions jackpots – $1.537 billion won in South Carolina in 2018 and $1.050 billion won in Michigan in 2021.
The current world record lottery prize is a $1.586 billion Powerball jackpot won on January 13, 2016.
Here are the top Mega Millions jackpots to date:
|$1.537 billion||10/23/2018||1-South Carolina|
|$790 million (est)||7/26/2022||?|
|$656 million||3/30/2012||3-Illinois, Kansas, Maryland|
|$648 million||12/17/2013||2-California, Georiga|
|$533 million||3/30/2018||1-New Jersey|
The next drawing is Tuesday, July 26 at 11 p.m. ET.
Mega Millions tickets are $2 apiece.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.