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Mega Millions drawing: Jackpot jumps to more than $1.3 billion after no big winner Tuesday night


NEW YORK (WABC) — The Mega Millions jackpot increased again after no one hit big on Tuesday night.

On Friday night, about $1.35 billion will be up for grabs. This is the second largest jackpot in Mega Millions history.

Although no one came out of Tuesday night’s drawing a billionaire, three people won $3 million, including one in New York and another in Connecticut.

People in New York and New Jersey also held $1 million worth of tickets.

Here are Tuesday night’s winning numbers: 15, 13, 7, 18, 14 with Megaball 9.

This jackpot was the fifth largest lottery prize of any kind in US history.

The longer no one wins the jackpot, of course, it keeps getting bigger.

The last time someone beat odds of 1 in 302.6 million to win the jackpot was on October 14th. Since then, there have been 25 consecutive draws without anyone hitting the jackpot.

A statistics expert at Hofstra University said you have a roughly one in 303 million chance of actually hitting the jackpot.

“So you’re 1,363 times more likely to be struck by lightning than you are to win the lottery,” Professor Bruce Torf said.

Torf also said that you are 27,000 times more likely to die in a plane crash or 1,210 times more likely to die from a meteorite strike than to win the lottery.

Here’s a look at the 10 largest US jackpots won and the states where the winning tickets were sold:

1. $2.04 billion, Powerball, November 8, 2022 (one ticket, from California)

2. $1.586 billion, Powerball, January 13, 2016 (three tickets, from California, Florida, Tennessee)

3. $1.537 billion, Mega Millions, October 23, 2018 (one ticket, from South Carolina)

4. $1.337 billion, Mega Millions, July 29, 2022 (one ticket, from Illinois)

5. $1.05 billion, Mega Millions, January 22, 2021 (one ticket, from Michigan)

6. $768.4 million, Powerball, March 27, 2019 (one ticket, from Wisconsin)

7. $758.7 million, Powerball, August 23, 2017 (one ticket, from Massachusetts)

8. $731.1 million, Powerball, January 20, 2021 (one ticket, from Maryland)

9. $699.8 million, Powerball, October 4, 2021 (one ticket, from California)

10. $687.8 million, Powerball, October 27, 2018 (two tickets, from Iowa and New York)

CONNECTED: Here’s what you can buy if you win

The credit for the recent big prizes is actually due to the math – and the more difficult odds.

In the fall of 2017, lottery officials approved changes to Mega Millions that significantly stretched the odds from one in 258.9 million to one in 302.6 million. They made similar changes to the Powerball in October 2015, worsening the odds from one in 175.2 million to one in 292.2 million.

The idea was that by making jackpots less frequent, ticket revenue could increase week after week, creating giant prizes that would attract attention and attract more players who grew up glamourous around the $100 million or $200 million top prizes .

In August 2021, Powerball added a third weekly drawing, which allowed the jackpot to roll over and grow even faster as people had more chances to play and lose. Mega Millions remained with the two weekly drawings.

Thanks to these moves, nine of the top 10 biggest lottery prizes have been won since 2017.

Mega Millions is played in 45 states as well as in Washington, DC and the US Virgin Islands.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

WATCHING: New York State Lottery drawings are broadcast live daily at 2:30pm and 10:30pm and on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 8:15pm.

Powerball drawings also air here on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays at 10:59 p.m.

Mega millions drawings air Tuesdays and Fridays at 11:00 p.m

The New York Lottery is the largest and most profitable in North America, donating billions of dollars to support education in New York State.

Revenue is distributed among local school districts using the same statutory formula used to distribute other state education aid. According to the New York Lottery, the formula takes into account both the size of the school district and its income level; larger, lower-income school districts receive proportionally larger shares of school lottery funding.

For more information about the New York Lottery and to view lottery results, please visit nylottery.ny.gov..

New Yorkers struggling with a gambling addiction or who know someone who is can find help by calling the toll-free, confidential HOPENY Line at 1-877-8-HOPENY (1-877-846-7369) or by sending an SMS to HOPENY ( 467369). Standard text rates may apply.

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