Mega Millions to grow to 785 million in 2023

Ohio. Lottery is generating a lot of excitement ahead of 2023 with the colossal Mega Millions® Jackpot being drawn next Tuesday, January 3rd! The prize for the new year’s first draw is currently valued at $785 million ($395.0 million in cash). The jackpot continues to be drawn after no ticket matched all six numbers drawn on Friday night – the white balls 1, 3, 6, 44 and 51, and the golden Mega Ball 7.

Only on three previous occasions has the Mega Millions jackpot exceeded $700 million, and on all three occasions those rolls have continued to exceed $1 billion. One was in January just two years ago, when a $1.05 billion jackpot was eventually won in Michigan on January 22, 2021. Will history repeat itself with another January billion dollar win?

The first billion dollar jackpot was won on October 23, 2018 when the South Carolina winner took home a $1.537 billion prize. It remains the record-breaking Mega Millions jackpot, although it was close to its third billionth draw last summer when a ticket from Illinois won $1.337 billion on July 29. The full list of jackpot winners can be found here.

While the jackpot remains elusive, there have been plenty of winning tickets across all other prize tiers. In the December 30 draw alone, 2,776,599 winning tickets were drawn with prizes ranging from $2 million to $1 million. One ticket sold in Ohio matched five white balls to win a $1 million second tier prize. Across the country, 82 tickets matched four white balls plus a Mega Ball to win the third tier prize. Sixteen of these tickets cost $30,000 each as they include an additional Megaplier (available in most states with an additional $1 purchase) which was 3 times the amount on Friday night. The remaining 66 Tier 3 winning tickets are worth $10,000 each.

In the 22 draws since the last jackpot win on October 14, over 19.8 million winning tickets across all prize tiers have been awarded. Among them are 41 winnings worth $1 million or more, won in 18 different states from coast to coast: Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia.

Mega Millions jackpots of all sizes have been won in 2022. For example, a staggering $1.337 billion won in Illinois on July 29th, a $502 million prize on October 14th split by winning tickets in California and Florida, and even a $20 million win in Tennessee on April 15th. Other jackpots won this year were in California ($426 million on January 28th), New York ($128 million on March 8th) and Minnesota, which landed its first Mega Millions jackpot on April 12th with a $110 million win. prize.

The biggest Mega Millions jackpots to date are:

Quantity date Winning Tickets
$1.537 billion 23.10.2018 1-SK
$1.337 billion 07/29/2022 1-IL
$1.050 billion 01/22/2021 1-MI
$785 million (estimate) 01/03/2023 ?
$656 million 03/30/2012 3-IL, KS, MD
$648 million 17.12.2013 2-CA, Georgia
$543 million 07/24/2018 1-KA
$536 million 07/08/2016 1-B
$533 million 03/30/2018 1-New Jersey
$522 million 06/07/2019 1-KA

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