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Mega Millions jackpot grows to $1.35 billion ahead of Friday night’s drawing

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The Mega Millions jackpot has been increased for a second time in preparation for Friday night’s drawing, with the grand prize currently totaling $1.35 billion.

Lottery officials have now raised the overall jackpot by $300 million after no tickets matched all six numbers drawn during Tuesday’s drawing.

The winning numbers were white balls 8, 24, 30, 45, and 61, plus the gold Mega Ball 12.

If a player wins Friday’s jackpot, it will be the second-largest jackpot in Mega Millions history, only behind the game record $1.537 billion jackpot from 2018 and the fourth-largest jackpot in U.S. lottery history.

So far, there have been 31 consecutive rolls for the current Mega Millions game without a winner, with one ticketholder in New York hitting the $20 million jackpot on April 18.

Overall, the total number of winning tickets at all prize levels continues to increase along with the jackpot, and Tuesday’s drawing produced a total of 4,904,910 winning tickets across all prize tiers.

Across the country, 135 tickets matched four white balls plus the Mega Ball to win the third-tier prize. Of those tickets, 28 are worth $40,000 each because they also included the optional Megaplier. The other 107 win the standard $10,000 each.

Since the last jackpot was won on April 18, there have been more than 31.3 million winning tickets at all non-jackpot prize levels, ranging from $2 to $5 million.

Here’s a list of top Mega Millions jackpots to date:

  1. $1.537 billion: 10/23/2018 1-S.C.
  2. $1.35 billion: (est) 8/4/2023
  3. $1.348 billion: 1/13/2023 1-Maine
  4. $1.337 billion: 7/29/2022 1-Ill.
  5. $1.050 billion: 1/22/2021 1-Mich.
  6. $656 million: 3/30/2012 3-Il., Kan., Md.
  7. $648 million: 12/17/2013 2-Calif., Ga.
  8. $543 million: 7/24/2018 1-Calif.
  9. $536 million: 7/8/2016 1-Ind.
  10. $533 million: 3/30/2018 1-N.J.

In addition, one Mississippi Match 5 player matched all five numbers during Thursday’s drawing and won $191,991.79. The ticket was purchased from Shell Food Mart #23 on Highway 11 South in Meridian.

The jackpot for the Saturday, Aug. 5, drawing has reset to an estimated $50,000.

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