The Mega Millions Jackpot just upped the ante after there was no grand prize winner for Tuesday night’s billion-dollar drawing.
The jackpot is now $1.25 billion, after no one pulled Tuesday’s winning numbers – 8, 24, 30, 45, 61, and Mega Ball 12. It was the fourth-largest in Mega Millions history.
It’s been 30 drawings since the last winner, Johnnie Taylor, 71, won $476 million in April, a New York state record, per New York Lottery. Without a winner, the lottery has continued to grow.
When is the next Mega Millions drawing?
The $1.25 billion jackpot drawing is Friday at 11 p.m. The winner could take home a lump sum of $625.3 million cash or they can collect an annuity over 30 years according to a Mega Millions press release.
Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images | Lottery tickets are seen at a store as Mega Millions jackpots grows $1 billion, in San Mateo, California, United States on July 31, 2023.
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“There’s always an air of excitement around the country when Mega Millions jackpots soar,” said Georgia Lottery President and CEO Gretchen Corbin said, per the release. “The growing jackpot is a source of entertainment and winnings for players while generating important dollars for the good causes supported by each lottery.”
Although no one has won the biggest prize, there were a total of 4,904,910 winning tickets across all prize tiers from the August 1 drawing.
The state of Texas had one $4 million winner. Additionally, two people won $1 million in California. Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina, and Wisconsin each had a $1 million winner.
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Since April, there have been 31.3 million winners across all prize levels ranging from $2 million to $5 million.
To date, the largest Mega Millions jackpot ever won was $1.537 billion sold in South Carolina in 2018, per CNN.