What would you do with nearly $1 billion? Buy a Mega Millions ticket before Friday’s drawing and you’ve got a (slight) chance of finding out.
The Mega Millions jackpot has reached an estimated $970 million after no one bought the winning ticket for Tuesday night’s drawing. It’s the largest jackpot in Mega Millions’ history, and the second largest lottery jackpot ever, behind Powerball’s 2016 $1.6 billion jackpot.
The previous Mega Millions record was set in 2012, with a $656 million jackpot.
No player has won the full Mega Millions prize since July 24, when a California office pool of 11 co-workers shared $543 million, the largest prize ever won on a single ticket in the game, lottery officials said in a news release. Three other Mega Millions jackpots have been won this year – $451 million on Jan. 5 in Florida, $533 million on March 30 in New Jersey and $142 million on May 4 in Ohio.
While no one took the top prize, there were plenty of winners Tuesday night as players from around the country jumped into the game at record levels.
Two Virginia tickets each won $10,000 in Tuesday’s drawing. Those tickets were bought at:
• Super Giant, 5581 Merchants View Square in Haymarket
• Brentsville Superette, 12319 Bristow Road in Bristow
Nine tickets matched the five white balls to win the game’s second prize. One of them, sold in Texas, is worth $5 million. The other eight are $1 million tickets – two were sold in Pennsylvania and one each in California, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, New Jersey and New York.