Mega Millions prize rises to $785 million, the 6th largest in US history

from: The Associated Press via Nexstar Media Wire



DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An estimated $785 million Mega Millions jackpot set for Tuesday night gives lottery players a chance to start the new year with a lucrative bang.

The grand prize is the sixth largest jackpot in US history and has grown so large because no one has matched all six numbers in the game for more than two months. There were 22 consecutive draws without a big winner, allowing the prize to roll over and get bigger and bigger.

The jackpot win drought is not surprising given the miserable one in 302.6 million odds of winning the grand prize.

The $785 million jackpot is for a winner who chooses to retire at age 29. Almost all of the winners opt for a cash payout, which would be an estimated $395 million for Tuesday night’s draw.

The jackpot is the biggest since someone in California won a record $2.04 billion Powerball prize on Nov. 8. Still no winner of this jackpot has been announced. Mega Millions prize rises to $785 million, the 6th largest in US history

Dais Johnston

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