After no winners were announced Tuesday night in the $565 million Mega Millions jackpot drawing, the Mega Million Jackpot grew to $640 million ($328 million in cash) in the last Mega Millions 2022 drawing, which has yet to take place.
But players don’t have to wait too long, as it’s scheduled for Friday, December 28, at 11 PM ET.
Reason why no one hit the jackpot:
This Tuesday’s lottery drawing is the 21st drawing without a winner.
The main reason why nobody hit the Jackpot in Tuesday’s draw is because nobody picked all 6 numbers which were: the white balls 9, 13, 36, 59 and 61 plus the golden Mega Ball which contained the number 11.
Biggest jackpot of all time:
This new, big jackpot follows the big win of the biggest lottery award ever, the 2.04 billion US dollars Powerball prize, which was won on November 8 in California. However, the winner has not yet claimed the prize!
The $640M jackpot will be the biggest Mega Millions prize ever offered in the last week of any year “and could provide someone with a very happy New Year’s celebration,” according to the lottery website.
In this regard, lottery officials said: “The Mega Millions jackpot was over 600 million US dollars only five times in the 20-year long history of the lottery. It last happened on July 29 when an anonymous partnership purchased a ticket in Illinois to win 1.3 billion US dollars, which is approximately 780 million US dollars in cash.
“That was the second-largest Mega Millions jackpot ever won, with the biggest one being 1.5 million US dollars jackpot, which was claimed by a South Carolina ticket buyer in the October 23, 2018, drawing.”
How jackpot winners can withdraw jackpot money:
“All big lottery prizes are big because long odds ensure there are few winners and the long streaks of lottery futility allow jackpots to grow even larger week after week,” according to lottery officials.
There are two ways jackpot winners can withdraw their winnings, such as a one-time cash payment or an annuity option, which gives them an initial payment first, followed by 29 yearly payments.
The most popular lottery in the USA:
Because 45 US states, including the District of Columbia and the US Virgin Islands, play the Mega Millions lottery, lottery officials say: “The odds of winning this new jackpot are 1 in 302,575,350.”
Mega Millions is a multi- jurisdictional US lottery game, offered in 45 US states, the District of Columbia and the US Virgin Islands.
The first lottery draw was in 2002.