The winning numbers for Tuesday’s estimated $820 million Mega Millions jackpot, the fifth-largest in the game’s history, have been drawn. They are 3, 5, 6, 44 and 61, and a Mega Ball of 25.
There was no immediate word on whether any winning tickets had been sold.
There hasn’t been a Mega Millions jackpot winner since April 18, and the jackpot jumped by about $100 millionlast Friday.
Since the last time there was a jackpot winner, at least 39 tickets matching all five white balls — which earns a $1 million prize — have been sold, Mega Millions said.
If a single winning ticket is sold Tuesday, the winner would have the choice of taking an estimated lump sum payment of $418 million before taxes, or going with the annuity option, which consists of an immediate payment, followed by 29 annual payments that eventually equal the full jackpot minus taxes.
There have been four Mega Millions jackpots north of $1 billion, with the largest being ain October of 2018, claimed by a single winning ticket sold in South Carolina. In January, a for a $1.348 billion jackpot was sold in Maine.
The odds of winning the Mega Millions jackpot are approximately one in 302.58 million.
Last week,was sold in downtown Los Angeles for the $1.08 billion Powerball jackpot, the sixth-largest in U.S. lottery history. The winner has yet to come forward to claim their prize.
The Los Angeles area has seen a string of lottery luck of late. The winning ticket for February’s $2.04 billion Powerball jackpot, the largest in lottery history, wasin Altadena, a city in Los Angeles County.
Mega Millions tickets, which are $2 each, are sold in all states except Alabama, Utah, Alaska, Hawaii and Nevada. They are also sold in Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands. According to the game, half the proceeds from each ticket sold remain in the state where the sale occurred, with that money going to support “designated good causes and retailer commissions.”
According to the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries, a trade group that represents the interests of all the major lotteries, each state determines which programs its lottery profits go towards. In California, for example, all lottery proceeds go to public education, which in the 2021-22 fiscal year amounted to about $2 billion.