The Mega Millions jackpot is reportedly increased to $586 million as the purchasing of tickets was extremely brisk leading up to Tuesday night’s drawing, according to Yahoo! News on Monday evening. Additionally, if no one should win the Mega Millions this week, it is reported that the prize money could possibly pass the $1 billion level by Christmas Eve – a week from Tuesday. Needless to say, that would be a new high in lottery prize money.
The current record of $656 million for a Mega Millions drawing occurred in March of 2012. If the ticket-purchasing level continues into Tuesday, that all-time high record could be broken, according to the Mega Millions’ lead director Paula Otto.
As of the last drawing on Friday evening, the monetary level on Dec. 17, 2013 was the second-largest Mega Millions jackpot in history – at $475 million. That was the fourth-largest jackpot ever experienced in the United States, according to the information posted on the Mega Millions web site.
Last Friday, not everyone walked away a loser. There were nine more $1 million winners from that drawing which brought the game up to 39 millionaires since the new game was initiated in October of this year. The $1 million second-tier prize is a new feature of the Mega Millions game – which is four times larger than the previous second prize of $250,000. Last Friday’s new millionaires matched the first five numbers but not the Mega Ball – and those winning tickets were bought in six different states. One ticket was purchased in Colorado, Connecticut, and New Jersey while two tickets were sold in Florida, Michigan, and New York.
The winning numbers last Friday were: 19, 24, 26, 27, and 70 with the Mega Ball 12. The Megaplier was 2x.
Check back for updates to see if the jackpot goes any higher.