Jan. 11 update:
No winner was drawn on Jan. 8, meaning the Mega Millions jackpot has been upped to $615 million. The next drawing is set for Jan. 12.
The Jan. 8 winning numbers are as follows:
3, 6, 16, 18, 58
Mega Ball: 11
That’s right, the Mega Millions jackpot keeps climbing to historic levels. The prize currently sits at $510 million after no tickets matched the winning numbers on Tuesday. The half a billion dollar sum is the 8th largest in the game’s history.
The next opportunity at the chance of a prize comes Friday, Jan. 8. The drawing takes place at 8 p.m. PST.
January has been good to Mega Millions jackpot winners
Maybe January will be someone’s lucky month like it’s been in the past. The start of the year has seen its fair share of winners. Since 2011, three winners have claimed the top prize in January, with two of them ranking in the Top 10 largest jackpots in history, according to a Mega Millions release.
- $437 million (1/1/2019) — 10th largest
- $451 million (1/5/2018) — 9th largest
- $380 million (1/14/2011)
The record for the largest sum ever won goes to a lucky winner in South Carolina who collect $1.537 billion back on October 23, 2018.
The current $510 million prize amounts to roughly a $377.4 million cash prize, after taxes.
Meanwhile, if you were to also factor in the $470 million Powerball jackpot that’s up for grabs, the two have a combined prize of nearly $1 billion.
Where to buy Mega Millions lottery tickets
There are 45 states that offer some form of US lottery games. Customers can have their shot at the Mega Millions jackpot in most states except Alabama, Alaska, Hawaii, Nevada, and Utah.
Additionally, seven states offer some form of online lottery games.
One should also be reminded that, although there have been big winners, the odds are stacked against you. The odds of winning the Mega Millions jackpot are 1 in 302.6 million.
In the event you do strike gold, take a look at this handy PlayUSA guide on what to do if you win the lottery.
Run by the Multi-State Lottery Association, Mega Millions is the biggest multi-state lottery game played in the US, Washington, DC, and the US Virgin Islands.