Atlanta/July 16, 2023 (SPN) | The Mega Millions jackpot has reached a staggering $640 million, making it one of the largest prizes in the history of the lottery.
Friday night’s drawing failed to produce a winner who matched all six numbers, leading to the accumulation of this massive jackpot. Although the jackpot prize remained untouched, the thrill of winning significant amounts of money in the lower-tier prizes added excitement to the Mega Millions drawing.
The winning tickets sold in California and North Carolina will undoubtedly change the lives of the fortunate individuals who hold them. Similarly, the over 40 winners in Georgia, each receiving $500, can look forward to a nice boost to their finances.
This remarkable sum is the result of 25 consecutive drawings, spanning nearly three months, without a jackpot winner. The last time someone matched all six numbers was on April 18 in New York. With no winner in sight, the top prize has continued to grow, captivating the attention of hopeful players across the country.
The winning numbers for Friday, July 15, were 10, 24, 48, 51, 66, with the Mega Ball number 15. For those who added the Megaplier option to their tickets, the multiplier for this drawing was 2x. While the top prize continued to elude players, the secondary prizes brought joy to those who matched some of the winning numbers.
As the Mega Millions jackpot grows even larger, reaching remarkable heights, anticipation builds among players nationwide. The next drawing holds the promise of a life-altering win, with the potential to join the ranks of those who have won substantial sums in this popular lottery.
The winning numbers drawn late on Friday night were 10, 24, 48, 51, 66, with the gold Mega Ball number 15. While no player claimed the jackpot, four tickets managed to match all five white balls, securing the second-tier prize.
One lucky ticket sold in South Carolina included the optional Megaplier, boosting its value to an impressive $2 million.
The estimated prize of $640 million can be paid out as an annuity over 29 years. However, players also have the option to receive a lump sum cash prize, which is currently estimated at $328 million.
The choice between the annuity and the cash option allows winners to decide how they prefer to receive their life-changing windfall.
It’s worth noting that Mega Millions holds the distinction of being the only lottery game to have awarded four jackpots surpassing the $1 billion mark. These incredible wins occurred in 2018, 2021, 2022, and 2023, showcasing the astonishing prize potential of this popular lottery.
In January, a fortunate player in Maine defied superstition and the perceived bad luck associated with a Friday the 13th drawing, winning a jaw-dropping $1.35 billion.
However, the title of the largest lottery prize in U.S. history goes to a Powerball player in California, who won an astounding $2.04 billion in November 2022.
Mega Millions is played in 45 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. With tickets priced at $2 each, players eagerly test their luck and dream of winning the grand prize. The odds of securing the coveted jackpot are 1 in 302.6 million, according to the lottery’s calculations.
The next drawing is scheduled to take place at 11 p.m. ET on Tuesday, adding to the anticipation and excitement surrounding this remarkable Mega Millions jackpot.
As the prize continues to soar, the dreams of millions of players across the nation are ignited, hoping to be the lucky individual who claims this life-altering fortune.