Mega Millions Reaches $1.55 Billion After No One Claims Prize
The Mega Millions jackpot has soared to a staggering $1.55 billion after Friday's drawing failed to produce a winner.
No One Claimed The Prize
The jackpot has not been claimed since April 18, leading to its immense growth. This incredible prize is now one of the biggest in American history, with the last 30 draws yielding no winners.
The dismal odds of winning the Mega Millions jackpot, at 1 in 302.6 million, contribute to this unfortunate drought. However, smaller prizes from $2 to $1 million still offer better odds.
The prize money is awarded to a sole winner who may choose between a 30-year annuity or a lump sum payment of around $757.2 million. Tax deductions would apply, both at the federal level and in many states.
Mega Millions is a lottery game that is played in 45 states, as well as Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
When Is The Next Drawing?
Drawings are held at 10 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays.
How To Play
Rules on the Mega Millions website state:
Mega Millions® tickets cost $2.00 per play.
Players may pick six numbers from two separate pools of numbers - five different numbers from 1 to 70 (the white balls) and one number from 1 to 25 (the gold Mega Ball) - or select Easy Pick/Quick Pick. You win the jackpot by matching all six winning numbers in a drawing.
Until further notice, the starting jackpot will vary based on sales and will be announced before each drawing.
There are a total of nine ways to win a prize in Mega Millions, ranging from the jackpot down to $2: