With No Winner Friday, Mega Millions Jackpot Soars To $654 Million

Randal Sanchez
October 16, 2018

No one got all six numbers right in Friday night's Megaball lottery, and that means the Jackpot will climb to at least $654-million on Tuesday.

READ NEXT: Here are the cutoff times for buying Mega Millions tickets in every state. The chance of matching all six numbers and winning the jackpot is one in 302.5 million. No one won Friday night's drawing, which was the third-largest in Mega Millions' history.

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Typically once it's known whether or not someone won, MegaMillions updates its website to either restart the jackpot at $40 million or to increase the estimated jackpot for the next drawing on Tuesday if no one won.

If you think Mega Millions jackpots are more frequently larger, you're not imagining things. That jackpot has reached an estimated $314 million.

The jackpot victor will need to match numbers on all five white balls and the Mega Ball.

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If you match a yellow ball and a white ball during tonight's drawing, then you will walk away with $4. Those who take the cash will receive a one-time lump-sum equal to all the cash in the prize pool - which was $309.2 million for Friday night's drawing. There were 37 tickets that matched four white balls plus the Mega Ball on Tuesday.

The largest Mega Millions grand prize was $656 million, won in 2012.

Even when a victor is eventually announced, it could still take a while before we find out their identity (if ever.) The time they have to claim their prize varies by the state.

Jackpot winners have a choice to make: cash or annuity.

The second-largest jackpot was $648 million.

The prize money is drawn from ticket sales in 44 US states, the District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands.

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