Mega Millions Jackpot Expected To Exceed $640 Million

Written By Katarina Vojvodic on December 28, 2022
$640 million estimated jackpot Mega Millions

A few months after a lucky winner hit a record-breaking jackpot, another record Mega Millions jackpot is looming.

The jackpot has progressed since it last hit on Oct. 14, when tickets sold in California and Florida shared a $502 million prize.

This week, the estimated prize jumped to $565 million. The numbers have been drawn for the $565 million Mega Millions jackpot held on Tuesday, Dec. 27, but no ticket matched all six numbers.

The jackpot also came with a $293.6 million cash option.

No ticket sold for the $565 million Mega Millions jackpot

The winning numbers from Tuesday’s Mega Millions drawing are: 9-13-36-59-61, and the gold Mega Ball was 11. The Megaplier was 2x.

According to the Mega Millions website, no ticket was sold matching all six winning numbers. But five tickets matched 5/6 numbers. In most states, those five tickets are worth $1 million – or $2 million with the Megaplier option.

As the grand prize in Tuesday’s drawing didn’t produce any winners, the jackpot is expected to climb to more than $640 million. The cash option would increase to at least $328.3 million.

Mega Millions is played in 45 states, Washington D.C., and the Virgin Islands. Each ticket costs $2 with nine ways to win a prize.

5/6 tickets sold in California

The California Lottery confirmed that two of those 5/6 tickets were sold in California. But the tickets are only worth $245,984. That’s because the state estimates prize amounts on a pari-mutuel basis, according to ticket sales and the number of winners.

The largest Mega Millions jackpots

This past July, a lucky player from Illinois hit a Mega Millions jackpot worth a whopping $1.337 billion. It was the third-largest U.S. lottery prize and wasn’t claimed for two months.

The top Mega Millions jackpots to date are as follows:

  1. $1.537 billion on 10/23/2018
  2. $1.337 billion on 7/29/2022
  3. $1.050 billion on 1/22/2021
  4. $656 million on 3/30/2012
  5. $648 million on 12/17/2013
  6. $565 million on 12/27/2022
  7. $543 million on 7/24/2018
  8. $536 million on 7/8/2016
  9. $533 million on 3/30/2018
  10. $522 million on 6/7/2019

Lottery officials said there had been at least 11 winning jackpots of $500 million since Mega Millions began in 2002.

Last month, a single winning Powerball ticket was purchased in California for a $2.04 billion jackpot, the largest in lottery history.

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Katarina Vojvodic is a lead writer for PlayUSA who lives in Toronto. Vojvodic provides coverage of the US gambling industry with a focus on US online casinos. Previously, she covered Ontario’s online gambling industry for PlayCanada.com. Vojvodic holds a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Belgrade. Outside working hours, she can be found near the water with her husband and their two kids.

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