Tuesday’s Mega Millions draw has a jackpot of $565 million

As of late Monday, lottery officials valued Tuesday’s prize at $565 million — or more than $293 million if delivered in cash.

Associated Press, Andrew Weil, Megan Divers

6:37 AM CST December 27, 2022

6:37 AM CST December 27, 2022

WASHINGTON — The holiday shopping season — at least for buyers of Mega Millions lottery tickets — is picking up steam as officials say the estimated jackpot for Tuesday night’s drawing surpassed half a billion dollars.

As of late Monday, lottery officials valued Tuesday’s prize at $565 million — or more than $293 million if delivered in cash — after there was no lucky winner holding a ticket used in the most recent drawing matched all six numbers on Friday.

Tuesday’s draw takes place at 11pm EST.

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.

A player in California and another in Illinois won $1 million in Friday’s drawing by matching all five numbers but not the Mega Ball. It was a big night for smaller prizes: 31 people will take home $10,000 and three people hit the Megaplier to win $40,000.

If the jackpot is won in the next draw on Tuesday December 27th, it would be the sixth largest prize in the game’s history.

Tickets sold in California and Florida for an Oct. 14 draw shared the last Mega Millions jackpot of $502 million. The lottery’s top prize has since rebuilt over 20 draws.

The country has enjoyed a record year for lottery gaming, with several huge jackpots for Mega Millions and Powerball.

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.

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Laura Coffey

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