$790 Million Mega Millions Jackpot is 3rd-Highest Ever
The Mega Millions jackpot has rocketed to an incredible $790 million after no ticket matched all six numbers to win it on Friday night. The prize has a cash lump sum value of $464.4 million.
Only three lottery jackpots in any game have ever been larger.
The top two Mega Millions jackpots are $1.537 billion won by an anonymous South Carolina player on October 23, 2018, and $1.050 billion won by a four-person Michigan lottery club on January 22, 2021.
The world record-holder for largest jackpot is a $1.586 Powerball prize shared by three tickets on January 13, 2016.
Friday was the 28th Mega Millions draw in a run that started on April 20 with the jackpot at its current $20 million starting value, after the top prize was last won in Tennessee on April 15. Over the past three months, the jackpot has rolled over and grown with each drawing where it wasn't won.
Both the $790 million annuity option and the cash lump sum are before taxes. To find out how much you'd owe in federal and local withholdings if you won the top prize on Tuesday, check the jackpot analysis page.
There were four big winners on Friday who matched all five white ball numbers. Three of those tickets added the Megaplier multiplier option at purchase and tripled their value to $3 million after the 3X Megaplier was drawn on Friday. The $3 million tickets were sold in Delaware, New Jersey and New York. The fourth ticket purchased in Virginia is worth $1 million.
In addition, 105 players matched four of the white balls to win the third prize. 16 of the tickets are worth $30,000 each due to selecting the Megaplier for an extra $1. The remaining Match 4 tickets are worth $10,000 apiece.
So far this year, the jackpot has been won four times, in Tennessee, Minnesota, New York, and California.
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Updated: Sunday, July 24, 2022