Mega Millions jackpot tops $500 million for fourth time in history

Clay Curtis
March 31, 2018

Only three Mega Millions jackpots have been larger than the $502 million annuity value prize now up for grabs in the Friday, March 30, drawing.

Tuesday night's drawing was for $458 million, with a cash option of $274 million. The winning numbers for tonight were 7 - 25 - 43 - 56 - 59 and a Mega Ball of 13 (with a Megaplier of 13.) We will update this story when we know if there is a victor tonight. If one ticket matches all six numbers in Friday's drawing, the victor will have a choice: either take the full $502 million jackpot in 30 annual payments, or choose a one-time cash option of approximately $301.5 million before taxes.

The next drawing will be Friday at 10:59 p.m. ET. "But at the same time, we can't wait to see someone win". Ticket winners in California and Georgia shared Mega Millions next largest jackpot of $648 million in 2013.

The average American spends about $200 a year on lottery tickets, though residents of some states spend far more.

Mega Millions player Mark Cooper said he's hoping to win some extra green.

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No one has captured the Mega Millions jackpot since January 5 when Shane Missler, 20, of Port Richey, Florida won the $451 million prize. The Mega Millions jackpot reached $502 million on March 28, 2018. The victor was able to file a lawsuit and stay anonymous while claiming the winnings through an anonymous trust even though they had originally signed their winning ticket with their name.

Pennsylvania is still waiting for its recent Powerball jackpot victor to come forward.

A victor opting for the cash prize would take home $301 million, minus state and federal taxes.

Players must "pick six numbers from two separate pools of numbers - five different numbers from 1 to 75 and one number from 1 to 15 - or select Easy Pick", the lottery's website states, adding if the numbers match all six winning numbers in a drawing - then it means it's a jackpot, which starts at $15 million and increases by a minimum of $5 million per draw.

Wednesday's Fantasy 5 jackpot is an estimated $100,000.

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