Black Immigrant Daily News
The Mega Millions jackpot increased to an estimated US$940 million after another drawing Tuesday resulted in plenty of losers but not a single grand prize winner.
The numbers drawn late Tuesday night were: 25, 29, 33, 41, 44 and gold Mega Ball 18.
The next drawing is scheduled to be held Friday night.
The new US$940 million jackpot is for a winner who chooses to be paid through an annuity over 29 years. Nearly all winners opt for a cash payout, which for Friday night’s drawing would be an estimated US$483.5 million.
In Tuesday’s drawing, there were more than 2.9 million winning tickets of various amounts including three US$4 million tickets sold in Arizona, Mississippi and South Dakota, Mega Millions said in a statement.
The lack of a winner of an estimated US$785 million jackpot Tuesday means there have been 23 straight drawings without anyone taking the top prize.
The new jackpot will remain the sixth-largest jackpot in US history.
The jackpot-winning drought isn’t surprising given the daunting odds of one in 302.6 million of winning the top prize.
The jackpot is the largest since someone in California won a record US$2.04 billion Powerball prize on November 8. There still has not been an announced winner of that prize.
There have been only three larger Mega Millions jackpots than Friday’s estimated prize in the game’s 20 years, including US$1.53 billion in 2018, US$1.05 billion in 2021 and US$1.33 billion in July, Mega Millions said.
Mega Millions is played in 45 states as well as Washington, DC, and the US Virgin Islands.