The Mega Millions jackpot hit $1.1 billion Friday night after there was no winner


DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Another Mega Millions drawing, another night without a big winner.

No one hit all six numbers and nearly $940 million in jackpots were won before the next drawing on Tuesday night, bringing the lottery winnings to nearly $1.1 billion.

The award is now the third largest in US history.

Numbers played on Friday night were 3, 20, 46, 59, 63 and Mega Ball or 13.

In over two months, there have been 24 draws without a jackpot winner. The winless streak is largely due to the game’s long odds of 302.6 million to 1.

The newly estimated $1.1 billion prize is awarded to the winner who chooses an annuity to be paid annually for 29 years. Grand prize winners typically receive a cash option valued at $568.7 million in Tuesday night’s drawing.

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“Mega Millions has reached the $1 billion mark again. It’s great to see the jackpot grow over the holidays and into the new year,” said Pat MacDonald, Ohio Lottery director and senior director of the Mega Millions Consortium, in a statement Saturday. “As the jackpot grows, we’re encouraged. our players to stick to their entertainment budget and enjoy this jackpot with us.”

The only Mega Millions jackpots higher than Tuesday’s estimated $1.1 billion chance were the 2018 1.53 billion won ticket in South Carolina and $1.33 billion in Illinois. July Mega Millions said in a statement.

Elijah Kouza, assistant manager at Buscemi’s in Livonia, said the Mega Millions jackpot drew a lot of customers ahead of Friday night’s drawing. A $940 million prize is in store, and Kouza expects the 20 to 25 Mega Millions tickets to be sold on Friday to sell significantly more.

“It’s funny to me because if it’s $100 million, people say no.” They will pass,” he said.

Mega Millions is played in 45 states, plus Washington, DC, and the US Virgin Islands.

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