People all across the country held their breath Tuesday night as numbers were drawn for one of the biggest Mega Millions jackpots ever. The sum has now topped an astounding $1 billion after no winning set of numbers was drawn last night, making it the third largest in the history of the game.
There will soon be another chance for people feeling lucky to lay claim to the prize. Here’s everything you need to know about Mega Millions’ next drawing – from how it works to how much you can win.
When is the next drawing for Mega Millions?
Mega Millions numbers will be drawn again this Friday, July 29, 2022 at 11 p.m. ET. You can play in 45 states, plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
If you happen to live in a state where you can’t purchase a ticket, you can still play if you have a ticket purchased in another state. You do have to return to that state to collect your winnings though.
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Did anyone win Mega Millions last night?
No one won the main jackpot prize last night, meaning it’s still up for grabs with the right mega millions winning numbers on Friday.
There are, however nine different ways to win at least some cash ranging from the grand total all the way down to $2.
How much do you win if you get 3 numbers in Mega Millions? How about 2?
If you match three numbers you win $10, whether one of those numbers is the Mega Ball or not. If you have three numbers and a Mega Ball number, you win $200. Two numbers will win you nothing unless one of those numbers is the Mega Ball in which case you can claim $4.
The mega millions numbers are drawn with five white balls, each with the possibility of a number between 1 and 70. The final gold ‘Mega Ball’ is drawn from a set of balls numbered between 1 and 25.
The complete guide to winnings is:
- 5 matching numbers + Mega Ball : Jackpot.
- 5 matching numbers: $1 million.
- 4 matching numbers + Mega Ball: $10,000.
- 4 matching numbers: $500.
- 3 matching numbers + Mega Ball: $200.
- 3 matching numbers: $10.
- 2 matching numbers + Mega Ball: $10.
- 1 matching number + Mega Ball: $4.
- Mega Ball matching $2.
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What is the ‘Megaplier’?
Most states have an optional lottery feature called the ‘Megaplier’ which can be purchased for $1. If you opt into this, it means that any winnings you claim for prizes that are not the jackpot can be multiplied by the ‘Megaplier’ number drawn. The ‘Megaplier’ is drawn from a pool of 15 balls numbered between two and five and signifies the amount your prize can be multiplied by.
On Tuesday, for example the ‘Megaplier’ number was 3x. So, if you won $200 and were playing with the ‘Megaplier’ feature, you would have won $600.
What were the Mega Millions winning numbers?
On Tuesday (July 26, 2022), the winning number for the mega millions jackpot was:
7 29 60 63 66 (Mega Ball: 15)
What is the jackpot for the Mega Millions?
The jackpot has now reached $1.025 billion. If you win you can either claim your prize in a lump-sum amount immediately, which slashes the sum to $602.5 million or receive the jackpot incrementally, with annual payments over the next 29 years.