On Friday night, the estimated $660 million Mega Millions jackpot will be up for grabs, one of the largest grand prizes the lottery has ever had.
No one has won the Mega Millions since April 15, when a ticket in Tennessee won $20 million. If someone were to win the current jackpot at $660 million (or a cash value of $376.9 million), it would be among the top five largest Mega Millions jackpots ever, according to the lottery’s records.
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The most recent numbers from Tuesday’s drawing were 2, 31, 32, 37 and 70. The Mega Ball was 25, and the Megaplier was 3X.
While the huge jackpot is still unclaimed, there were Match 5 $1 million winners in Arizona, California, North Carolina and New Hampshire.
The next drawing is at 11 p.m. Friday, July 22.
Whether you’ve played before, or if this is your first time trying your luck with the Mega Millions, here’s what you need to know ahead of the next drawing.
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When are the Mega Millions drawings?
Mega Millions drawings are Tuesday and Friday at 11 p.m. Ticket sales end at 9:45 p.m. in Delaware; 9:59 p.m. in Pennsylvania; and 10:45 p.m. in Maryland, New Jersey, New York and Virginia.
How to play the Mega Millions
Tickets to Mega Millions cost $2 per play.
There are nine total ways to win a prize, from the jackpot to $2.
Pick five numbers from 1 to 70 and one Mega Ball number from 1 to 25.
Choose Easy Pick or Quick Pick to have the terminal randomly pick numbers for you. You win the jackpot by matching all six winning numbers in the drawing.
What’s the Megaplier?
Most states offer the Megaplier feature, which increases non-jackpot prizes by two, three, four and five times.
It costs an additional $1 per play. Before each regular Mega Millions drawing, the Megaplier is drawn. From a pool of 15 balls, five are marked with “2X,” three with “4X” and one with “5X.”
Where to buy Mega Millions tickets
You can play Mega Millions in 47 localities: 45 states, plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. To find locations, search the Mega Millions website.
What was the largest Mega Millions jackpot ever?
In 2018, one winning ticket in South Carolina sold for a $1.537 billion grand prize, which was the world’s largest lottery prize ever won on a single ticket.
In January 2021, a winning ticket sold in Michigan for $1.05 billion.
What happens if I win Mega Millions?
Mega Millions offers two options.
You can take annuity, in which you’re paid out as one immediate payment followed by 29 annual payments. Each payment is 5% bigger than the previous.
There’s also the cash option, a one-time, lump-sum payment equal to all the cash in the Mega Millions jackpot prize pool.