COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — Another day, another major U.S. lottery has a jackpot over $1 billion for the third time in less than 12 months.
Friday’s Mega Millions drawing, worth up to $940 million with a $486 million cash option, topped Tuesday’s record of being the sixth-largest lottery prize in U.S. history.
The winning numbers drawn Friday are 20, 63, 46, 59, and 3, and the gold Mega Ball 13 with a 3X Megaplier.
No one hit all six numbers Friday which means the Mega Millions has now reached a jackpot of $1.1 billion, the fourth-time it has in history and the second time since July 2022. It has now become the third-largest lottery prize in U.S. history with the next drawing set for Tuesday Jan. 10 at 11 p.m.
The larger-than-life Mega Millions jackpot comes less than two months after a player in California won a record $2.04 billion Powerball jackpot.
In the last drawing of 2022, an Ohioan won the $1 million Match 5 prize with the five regular numbers but missing the Mega Ball. In Tuesday’s drawing, six people won the Match 5, three of whom won the Megaplier prize of $4 million. More than 2.9 million people won prizes ranging from $2 to the $4 million Match 5 and Megaplier jackpot, according to the Mega Millions website.
Just three other Mega Millions jackpots have topped $1 billion:
- $1.537 billion: Oct. 23, 2018
- $1.337 billion: July 29, 2022
- $1.1 billion: January 2023 (ongoing)
- $1.050 billion: Jan. 22, 2021
Mega Millions tickets are sold in 45 states, the District of Columbus, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and sell for $2 each.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.