New York (WABC) – The $1.35 billion figures for the Mega Millions jackpot have been pulled and now all the hopeful players can wait for word of a potential winner.
The numbers pulled late Friday night are: 30, 43, 45, 46, 61 and Mega Ball 14 gold.
The jackpot is the second largest in Mega Millions history!
The chances of winning the Mega Millions draw are as small as 1 in approximately 303 million.
Don’t be discouraged by these possibilities. Friday the 13th is the day many play and win. So far, six people have won the Friday the 13th lottery.
Michigan was particularly lucky with its Mega Millions jackpot on Friday the 13th, winning four of them (June 2008, May 2011, June 2014 and October 2017). The 2017 jackpot was shared with a winner in the state of Rhode Island. Other awards won on Friday the 13th in New York (March 2009) and Ohio (November 2015). However, none came close to the $1.35 billion estimated to be up for grabs.
Although no one came out of a billionaire drawing Tuesday night, three people did win $3 million, including one in New York and another in Connecticut.
People in New York and New Jersey held million-dollar tickets.
The last time someone won the first prize was on October 14th. Since then, there have been 25 consecutive draws without anyone failing to hit the jackpot.
“You are 1,363 times more likely to be struck by lightning than to win the lottery,” said Professor Bruce Torv.
Torv said that you are 27,000 times more likely to die in a plane crash or 1,210 times more likely to die by being hit by a meteorite than to win the lottery.
Here’s a look at the 10 biggest jackpots won in the United States and the countries where the winning tickets have been sold:
1. $2.04 billion, Arsenal, November 8, 2022 (1 ticket, from California)
2. $1.586 billion, Arsenal, January 13, 2016 (three tickets, from California, Florida, Tennessee)
3. $1.537 billion, Mega Millions, Oct. 23, 2018 (1 ticket, from South Carolina)
4. $1.337 billion, Mega Millions, Jul 29, 2022 (1 ticket, from Illinois)
5. $1.05 billion, Mega Millions, Jan. 22, 2021 (1 ticket, from Michigan)
6. $768.4 million, Arsenal, March 27, 2019 (1 ticket, from Wisconsin)
7. $758.7 million, Arsenal, August 23, 2017 (single ticket, from Massachusetts)
8. $731.1 million, Arsenal, Jan. 20, 2021 (1 ticket, from Maryland)
9. $699.8 million, Arsenal, Oct. 4, 2021 (1 ticket, from California)
10. $687.8 million, Powerball, October 27, 2018 (2 tickets, from Iowa and New York)
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The recent big prizes are actually thanks to the math – and to much tougher odds.
In the fall of 2017, lottery officials approved changes to Mega Millions that dramatically lengthened the odds from one in 258.9 million to one in 302.6 million. They made similar changes to Powerball in October 2015, worsening the odds from one in 175.2 million to one in 292.2 million.
The idea was that by making jackpots less common, ticket revenue could build up week after week, creating giant jackpots that grab attention and attract more grown players with $100m or $200m prize pools.
In August 2021, Powerball also added a third weekly draw, which enabled the jackpot to roll over and grow more quickly as people had more opportunities to play and lose. Mega Millions sticks to the weekly graphics.
Thanks to these moves, nine of the 10 biggest lottery prizes have been won since 2017.
Mega Millions is played in 45 states as well as Washington, D.C. and the US Virgin Islands.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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