The jackpot for Friday night’s Mega Millions drawing has surpassed the half-billion dollar mark and is the ninth-largest jackpot in Mega Millions history.
WASHINGTON — Friday night’s Mega Millions drawing could see a lucky winner get their chance to walk away with over half a billion dollars, after no one picked all six numbers in Tuesday night’s drawing. There have still been winners with some pretty big prizes though.
The estimated jackpot is up to $515 million for Friday night. It’s the ninth-largest Mega Millions jackpot in history. The cash option, if just one person someone wins, will be $346.3 million.
After Tuesday’s drawing, five people won at least $1 million. Two of them in California, one in Delaware and one in Ohio, who picked the five white numbers correctly. Another player in Virginia added the Megaplier to win $2 million.
The game is played in 45 states as well as Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
What time will Friday’s Mega Millions drawing be?
The next Mega Millions drawing will be held on Friday, May 21, at 11 p.m. Eastern. Players will also be able to see the winning numbers on the Mega Millions’ website after the drawing.
What are the odds of winning the Mega Millions?
The numbers show that your odds of winning the big prize, while considered slight, are at 1-in-302 million. While those odds don’t seem much better than the odds of winning the, say, other popular game, the Powerball jackpot, which is at 1 in 292 million, it’s still worth trying at $2 per ticket.
Minnesota Lottery Director Robert Doty told the Associated Press back in 2018, “that’s not a bad return on your investment.”
According to Doty, once a winner comes forward, the hard part is when they have to decide if they want to hold a news conference, or try and stay anonymous.