You didn’t win Mega Millions’ top prize on Tuesday. The upside is that the game’s second-largest jackpot in history will be up for grabs on Friday.
The Mega Millions jackpot is rising to an estimated $970 million for those who’d like their prize in an annual payment, or $716.3 million for a lump-sum option, after no one matched all the numbers in Tuesday’s drawing.
Tuesday’s numbers were 10, 19, 26, 28 and 50, plus gold Mega Ball 16.
Eleven tickets still matched five white balls to win at least $1 million. Two of those, both sold in Florida, won $2 million because they included an optional Megaplier purchase.
If the top prize is won Friday, it would be the United States’ third-largest lottery jackpot ever, behind a $1.586 billion Powerball prize in January 2016 and the current Mega Millions record of $1.537 billion from October 2018.
This is the longest stretch without a Mega Millions jackpot winner, lottery officials say. The last jackpot win was $120 million on September 15 by a player in Wisconsin.
Mega Millions can be played in every state except Alabama, Alaska, Nevada, Utah and Hawaii.
$730 million Powerball drawing set for Wednesday
Powerball’s jackpot isn’t tiny, either.
Wednesday’s Powerball drawing offers an estimated $730 million jackpot ($546 million cash option).
If it is won, it would the fourth-largest Powerball jackpot in game history, and the sixth-largest in US lottery history, organizers say.
Like Mega Millions, Powerball is on its longest streak of drawings without a jackpot winner. The last jackpot was won in New York on September 16.