Sunday, February 5, 2023

Start the New Year With the Jackpot: $785 Million

They say it’s worth dreaming about and dreams have come true in the Golden State recently, just ask the 125 new millionaires who won the Mega Millions lottery.

And a huge amount is at stake since last year, as no one hit the jackpot and the value has now risen to $785 million ($395 million cash).

The jackpot is after all six numbers drawn on Friday night have no ticket match: White Balls 1, 3, 6, 44 and 51, plus the Gold Mega Ball 7.

The Mega Millions jackpot has exceeded $700 million on only three previous occasions, and all three times the jackpots have exceeded $1 billion. One was in January, exactly two years ago, when the $1.05 billion Michigan jackpot was finally won on January 22, 2021.

The game’s first $1 billion jackpot came on October 23, 2018, when a South Carolina winner won $1.537 million. This record remains the Mega Millions jackpot, although a third run at $1 billion came close last summer, when a ticket from Illinois won $1.337 million on July 29.

While the Jackpot is still elusive, there are plenty of winning tickets at all the other prize levels. In the December 30 draw alone, there were 2,776,599 winning tickets, with prizes ranging from $2 to $1 million. A ticket sold in Ohio matched all five white balls to win the game’s $1 million second tier prize. Nationwide, 82 tickets were matched to win the third-tier prize with the four white balls and the Mega Ball, valued at $10,000.

Lotteries offer millions of dollars in prizes.

In 22 draws since winning the jackpot on October 14, there have been more than 19.8 million winning tickets across all prize levels, with a value of $41 or more won in 18 different states: Arizona, California, Colorado , Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia.

Other jackpots this year were $426 million in California on January 28, $128 million in New York on March 8, and Minnesota, which won its first Mega Millions jackpot on April 12 for $110 million.

These are the biggest Mega Millions prizes ever:

  • $1,537 Million 10-23-2018 1-SC
  • $1,337 million 07-29-2022 1-IL
  • $1,050 million 01-22-2021 1-MI
  • $785 million (estimated) 03-01-2023 ???
  • $656 million 2012-30-03 3-IL, KS, MD
  • $648 million 12-17-2013 2-CA, GA
  • $543 Million 07-24-2018 1-CA
  • $536 million 07-08-2016 1-in
  • $533 million 03/30/2018 1-NJ
  • $522 million 07/06/2019 1-CA
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