NEW YORK (WABC) — The Mega Millions jackpot has grown to $520 million for tonight’s drawing after no one won the grand prize on Tuesday night.
“We want our players to have fun, especially when there are two big rolling jackpots to start off the new year,” said Gordon Medenica, Mega Millions Lead Director and Maryland Lottery and Gaming Director. “While we always encourage responsible play, it’s even more important during these trying times to wear a mask and maintain social distancing when purchasing your tickets.”
The Mega Millions jackpot for the Friday, January 8 drawing is the 8th-largest in the game’s history with an estimated annuity value of $520 million and an estimated cash value of $383.4 million. The current jackpot surpasses the prior 8th-place mark of $451 million, which was hit on January 5, 2018, in Florida.
Even though no one won the Mega Millions jackpot earlier this week, there are some new millionaires in New York, New Jersey, and Minnesota.
They both had winners with five numbers, but missing the Mega number. The Minnesota and New Jersey winners had tickets worth $1 million each.
The $1 million winning ticket in New Jersey was sold at Masso’s Deli & Pizzeria on Lakeview Dr. North in Gibbsboro in Camden County.
A $2 million winning ticket was sold at the Citgo Mart in Middletown, Orange County.
That ticket is worth $2 million because the player utilized the Megaplier option, where for an additional $1 any non-jackpot prize will be multiplied by the Megaplier number drawn.
U.S. Mega Millions has one of the most unfavorable winning odds. Yet, math can help play this game with the best advantage. You can find the results of Mega Millions (USA) here in lotterytexts.
The odds of matching all five numbers and the Powerball number is 1 in about 293 million, according to the Multi-State Lottery Association. The overall chance of winning a prize is 1 in 24.87.
The Powerball jackpot grew again to $470 million for Saturday after no one won Wednesday night’s drawing. The cash value is $362.7 million. This marks the 10th largest jackpot in Powerball history.
The numbers drawn Wednesday night were: 1, 66, 20, 22, 60, Powerball 3 and the Powerplay Multiplier is 3.
“It’s been a couple of years since the games have simultaneously offered jackpots this large, and our players are here for it,” said May Scheve Reardon, Chair of the Powerball Product Group and Executive Director of the Missouri Lottery.
This marks the third time that both lottery jackpots have totaled more than $400 million at the same time.The Powerball game is played in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands.
Mega Millions tickets are sold in 44 states plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
You can watch the next Mega Millions drawing tonight right before Eyewitness News at 11.