July 29th Mega Millions Cash Value $747.2 Million
It’s Friday and if you haven’t picked up your Mega Millions® ticket yet, you still have time before tonight’s drawing. Mega Millions® is the talk of country, people across America – both regular Mega Millions players and those new to the game – are sending the estimated jackpot for Friday night’s drawing to a whopping $1.28 billion, with a cash value of $747.2 million. Oh let me count the ways we could spend the jackpot.
At that level, it would be the second largest Mega Millions prize in the game’s 20-year history. The current record jackpot for Mega Millions is $1.537 billion, won on October 23, 2018. That winning ticket was sold in South Carolina, and it remains the world’s largest lottery prize ever won on a single ticket.
“We are thrilled with the opportunity Mega Millions provides to retailers, players and good causes throughout the country,” says Ohio Lottery Director Pat McDonald, current Lead Director of the Mega Millions Consortium. “The Mega Millions group, and indeed much of the country, look with anticipation for tonight’s drawing.”
Four Mega Millions jackpots have been won to date in 2022, in California, New York, Minnesota and Tennessee. The jackpots start at $20 million and grow based on game sales and interest rates.
Of course you have a better chance of being struck by lightning, since the odds of winning the jackpot are 1 in 303 million.
All Mega Millions members encourage responsible play – please enjoy the opportunity to play the game while keeping your play in balance.
Mega Millions tickets are $2. In most jurisdictions, players can add the Megaplier for an additional $1 to multiply their non-jackpot prizes. Drawings are conducted at 11 p.m. Eastern Time on Tuesdays and Fridays in Atlanta, Georgia.
Mega Millions tickets are sold in 45 states, Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Drawings are held each Tuesday and Friday. Half of the proceeds from the sale of each Mega Millions ticket remains in the state where the ticket was sold, where the money supports lottery beneficiaries and retailer commissions. Lottery revenues are allocated differently in each jurisdiction.
How To Play Mega Millions
Mega Millions® tickets cost $2.00 per play.
Players may pick six numbers from two separate pools of numbers – five different numbers from 1 to 70 (the white balls) and one number from 1 to 25 (the gold Mega Ball) – or select Easy Pick/Quick Pick. You win the jackpot by matching all six winning numbers in a drawing.
Until further notice, the starting jackpot will vary based on sales and will be announced before each drawing.
There are a total of nine ways to win a prize in Mega Millions, ranging from the jackpot down to $2: