Jun 1, 2019, 11:07 am
16th-largest jackpot in US lottery history
By Todd Northrop
After 23 drawings without a jackpot winner, the multi-state Mega Millions lottery game now boasts a swelling jackpot of nearly a half-billion dollars that could instantly put someone among the wealthiest people on the planet.
When nobody won Friday night's grand prize, the Mega Millions jackpot grew to an estimated $475 million — the biggest since a $1.537 billion Mega Millions jackpot from the October 23, 2018 drawing crowned a single anonymous lottery winner from South Carolina as the world's first lottery billionaire. (See Winner of $1.5 billion Mega Millions jackpot has come forward, Lottery Post, Mar. 4, 2019.)
The next Mega Millions drawing is on Tuesday night at 11:00 pm Eastern Time (8:00 pm Pacific).
Tuesday's $475 million Mega Millions jackpot is the 7th-largest in the game's history, and the 16th-largest United States lottery jackpot of all time (see full list below).
The lump-sum cash value of $307 million is also 16th-largest on the all-time US lottery jackpot cash value list.
Note that Lottery Post's top-25 US lottery jackpot list now includes the number of rollovers that the jackpot went through to reach the final number, as well as the starting point of the jackpot.
The current jackpot run-up started on March 15 as a $40 million grand prize — it has been 2½ months since Mega Millions has had a jackpot winner.
Lottery players wondering what all the cash will look like in their bank account after federal and state taxes are taken out can see an after-tax analysis of the current Mega Millions jackpot by visiting USA Mega's Jackpot Analysis page.
The rush of ticket sales over the next few days likely will propel the jackpot to an even higher amount before the drawing takes place Tuesday. Lottery Post and USA Mega will update the jackpot tallies displayed if such an increase occurs.
If you're not sure where to buy your tickets, head right over to the Lottery Places website to download the free app on your iOS or Android phone or Windows computer. Lottery Places is the only app on the market that will locate lottery retailers in every state and jurisdiction throughout the United States.
Michigan lottery players can bypass the store completely and buy Mega Millions lottery tickets online. Players outside the USA can play online through a reputable butler service that delivers scanned images of the lottery tickets to verify the ticket purchase and ownership.
Lottery players across the United States are also watching and playing Powerball for its swelling $350 million jackpot, due to be drawn tonight. Despite its massive size, Powerball still hasn't broken into the top 25 list, and is currently sitting at number 33. To make the top 25 list, a jackpot now has to be $421 million or more.
In Friday night's Mega Millions drawing, there was no jackpot winner, but 2 lucky players from New Jersey and New York matched the first 5 numbers for a second-prize win.
Neither player purchased their ticket with the Megaplier option for an extra $1 per play. If they had, their prize would have been increased to $3 million, because the Megaplier number drawn was 3.
The Megaplier option is not available in California, because the fixed nature of the prize increase offered with the Megaplier is not compatible with California's pari-mutuel payouts. By law, California awards all lottery prizes on a pari-mutuel basis, meaning the prizes will change each drawing based on the number of tickets sold and the number of tickets that won at each prize level.
Also, a total of 38 tickets matched four of the first five numbers plus the Mega Ball to win a $10,000 prize. Of those tickets, 5 were purchased with the Megaplier option, increasing the prize to $30,000, and 3 were sold in California, where the prize awarded this drawing is $14,581.
The Mega Millions winning numbers for Friday, May 31, 2019, were 7, 8, 26, 65, and 67, with Mega Ball number 4. The Megaplier number was 3.
Following the Friday drawing, the Mega Millions annuity jackpot estimate was raised $31 million from its previous amount of $444 million. The cash value was raised by $25.9 million from its previous amount of $281.1 million.
Additional information about the drawing, including all prize payout information and drawing video, can be found on USA Mega's Mega Millions drawing detail for May 31, 2019 page.
Mega Millions is currently offered for sale in 44 states, plus Washington, D.C. and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Drawings are Tuesdays and Fridays at 11:00 pm Eastern Time. Tickets cost $2 each.
The Mega Millions winning numbers are published at USA Mega (www.usamega.com) minutes after the drawing takes place.
Top 25 United States lottery jackpots of all time
Tuesday's Mega Millions jackpot currently stands as the 16th-largest lottery jackpot of all time in the United States. That position may rise before the drawing, as lotteries are typically conservative in their initial estimates, and brisk sales may push the jackpot estimate higher by draw time.
For those keeping score, the number of jackpots in the top 25, by lottery game, are:
Top 25 cash value jackpots
Since many lottery winners collect their winnings in cash, the lump-sum payout is an important measure of what a winning ticket could be worth.
Looking at the cash value, the upcoming Mega Millions jackpot ranks as the 16th-largest cash value in U.S. history.
The number of cash value jackpots in the top 25, by lottery game, are:
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