The jackpot rose to $685 million ahead of Friday night’s drawing after 21 consecutive draws with no winners.
WASHINGTON – The Mega Millions jackpot is even closer to $1 billion after 21 consecutive draws with no winners. On Friday, $685 million is at stake for a potential winner.
The winning numbers for Friday’s grand prize were 1-3-6-44-51 and Mega Ball 7.
The cash option chosen by most winners was $347.8 million for Friday’s drawing, according to Mega Millions.
Players must match all five numbers and the golden Mega Ball number to win the jackpot. Players face astronomical odds of winning a jackpot: 1 in 302.5 million.
The next drawing is on Tuesday 3rd January.
While $685 million is a life-changing amount of money, it still pales in comparison to some of the biggest Mega Millions and Powerball jackpots this year.
A single Powerball ticket in California after months of hype won the record-breaking jackpot of $2.04 billion in November. The winners have not yet announced themselves or determined. California law requires winners to report publicly, but they have one year to do so.
Over the summer, a near-record Mega Millions jackpot of $1.377 billion sent Americans into a lottery frenzy in July. A winner in Illinois finally completed the run and matched all six numbers to take home the grand prize. Two people came forward to request it but chose to remain anonymous, which is legal in Illinois but not every state.
In October, the jackpot climbed again to almost half a billion dollars. Two ticket holders inside California and Florida matched all six Mega Millions numbers, splitting an estimated prize of $494 million between the two.
Mega Millions is played in 45 states, Washington, DC and the US Virgin Islands.
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