No Mega Millions winner; Friday jackpot increases to $508M

Published: Jun. 28, 2016 at 5:46 AM EDT
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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A lottery official says no jackpot-winning ticket was sold in Tuesday night's Mega Millions drawing.

Virginia Lottery spokesman John Hagerty tells The Associated Press that means the jackpot for the next drawing on Friday will be an estimated $508 million.

Tuesday's was worth an estimated $454 million. It marks the 34th time the jackpot has rolled over without a winner. The previous record was 22 rolls.

With slightly better odds than the Powerball game, it's rare that nearly four months passes without someone winning a Mega Millions jackpot.

(Copyright 2016. The Associated Press.)

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Get those tickets ready, Tuesday night's Mega Millions jackpot is worth approximately $454 million.

According to a spokesman for the South Carolina Education Lottery, it’s been almost three years since Mega Millions has reached this mark. In December of 2013, the jackpot was $648 million, only topped by a record $656 million jackpot won in March of 2012.

It's the third largest jackpot in Mega Millions history.

Those interested in buying a ticket for the big game can get them for $1 at most convenience and grocery stores. For a second $1, the Megaplier may be purchased to multiply non-jackpot prizes by 2, 3, 4, or 5.

Now before you go and quit your day job, remember that the odds of winning Tuesday's jackpot and receiving a $454 million cash payout are 1 and 259 million. Also, Mega Millions is currently played in 44 states plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

You must purchase your tickets before 10 p.m. Tuesday, July 5 in order to participate in the drawing.

If there is no winner, the jackpot could ultimately meet or exceed the record $656 million reached in December 2012.

South Carolina Education Lottery reminds all players that the game may be fun, but please, play responsibly.