The winning numbers for the $1.35 billion jackpot
The Mega Millions jackpot was nearly $1.35 billion in Friday’s drawing, and lottery players are checking their tickets.
After 25 consecutive draws without a jackpot winner, the game’s jackpot has been climbing higher and higher in recent months. If someone wins Friday, it would be the second-largest Mega Millions prize ever and the fourth largest in US lottery history.
The $1.35 billion jackpot is awarded only to the winner who chooses an annuity paid over 29 years. Most jackpot winners will cash in the $724.6 million lump sum for Friday’s drawing.
Friday’s draw coincides with Friday the 13th, which may catch the eye of some superstitious punters. Despite the “unlucky” day, six Mega Millions jackpots were won on Friday the 13th, according to the lottery.
However, it is important to know that regardless of the drawing day, the chances of winning the Mega Millions jackpot are very small. The odds are about 1 in 302.6 million.
Here are Friday’s winning numbers.
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Mega Millions winning numbers 01/13/23
The winning numbers for Tuesday’s drawing were 30-43-45-46-61, Mega Ball: 14 and Megaplier 2X.
How to play Mega Millions?
To enter the Mega Millions game, players choose six numbers or choose to have the lottery machine generate a random “Easy Pick” or “Quick Pick”:
- Five numbers from 1 to 70 (white balls)
- You can choose a number between 1 and 25 (mega gold ball)
If your ticket matches six winning numbers in the drawing, you win the jackpot. There are also small prizes depending on how many balls your numbers match.
The Mega Millions game costs $2 per ticket. You can add a Megaplier for $1, which increases your potential prize amount up to five times the original prize (excluding the jackpot).
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Mega Millions can be played in 45 states, the District of Columbia and the US Virgin Islands.
What are the odds of winning the Mega Millions?
The huge jackpot attracts many players, but it is important to note that the chances of winning the Mega Millions jackpot are very small. Experts argue that people participating in the lottery should not buy more tickets than they can afford.
- The odds of winning the jackpot are 302,575,350 to 1.
- The odds of matching all five white balls are 1 in 12,607,306.
Imagine writing the letters of “Mega Millions” on individual sheets of paper, mixing them up and letting your cat choose random letters. Your cat will spell Mega Millions five times more correctly than you will win. Matthew Kovacs, an assistant professor of economics at Virginia Tech, told USA TODAY this week.
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Kovacs said you’re more likely to be struck by lightning twice in your life than you are to win the lottery.
Biggest Lottery Prizes in US History
- $2.04 billion, Powerball, November 7, 2022: won in California.
- $1.586 billion, Powerball, January 13, 2016: Three winners in California, Florida and Tennessee.
- $1.537 billion, Mega Millions, October 23, 2018: won in South Carolina.
- $1.35 billion (estimated): January 13, 2023
- $1.337 billion, Mega Millions, July 29, 2022: Winning in Illinois.
- $1.05 billion, Mega Millions, January 22, 2021: won in Michigan.
- $768.4 million, Powerball, March 27, 2019: Won in Wisconsin.
- $758.7 million, Powerball, August 23, 2017: Won in Massachusetts.
- $730 million, Powerball, January 20, 2021: Won in Maryland.
- $699.8 million, Powerball, October 4, 2021: won in California.
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