Mega Millions prize of $654M is nation's 4th-largest

Mega Millions prize of $654M is nation's 4th-largest

Even before it rose, the Mega Millions jackpot - at a whopping $654 million when the day began - was still among the largest lottery prizes in US history.

If there is no jackpot victor in Tuesday's Mega Millions drawing, the estimated annuity value for the Friday, Oct. 19 drawing will roll to $868 million, with an estimated cash value of $495 million. Both totals are expected to rise.

No one won the drawing Saturday night, so the jackpot is now at an estimated $354 million.

The last time the Powerball jackpot was won happened back on August 11.

The previous record jackpot in Mega Millions was a $656 million prize that was shared by winners from Kansas, Illinois and Maryland in March 2012. "With a little luck, we may still break that record by Tuesday".

"This increase reflects very strong sales of Mega Millions tickets here in Virginia and across the nation", a spokesperson for the Virginia Lottery said. In addition, there's the Powerball jackpot that up for grabs Wednesday night, which is worth an estimated $380 million.

The odds of matching all six numbers and becoming instantly wealthy are incredibly small- one in 302.5 million.




IN leads the nation in Powerball jackpot wins with 39. So don't quit your day job just yet.

Mega Millions is not the only game in town.

The winning numbers for the Friday, Oct. 12 drawing were: 04, 24, 46, 61 and 70.

Roland Reyes claimed the prize on behalf of his group, saying they made a decision to play on a whim when they saw how large the jackpot had become.

The next Powerball drawing will be held on Wednesday.

Mega Millions is played in 44 states, including Michigan, Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Powerball reaches all those areas plus Puerto Rico.

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