Record-setting Mega Millions jackpot still up for grabs

Fredrick Soto
October 18, 2018

No winning lottery ticket has yet to be sold for the latest Mega Millions drawing, meaning the estimated jackpot climbs to $868 million.

If someone picks the winning six numbers, they can either claim the jackpot in 30 payments over 30 years - the so-called annuity option - or take a reduced amount in a lump sum.

The numbers for Tuesday were 3-45-49-61-69 and a Mega Ball of 9.

The second-largest jackpot in Mega Millions history was won in March 2012.

Tuesday's drawing had already been the highest Mega Millions prize pot ever recorded, with what would have a $667 million payout.

Nine Mega Millions tickets had the five white balls to win the second prize - $1 million.

You can play Mega Millions in 46 localities: 44 states plus the Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

And if you have noticed a run of eye-popping jackpots from Mega Millions and the similarly designed Powerball recently, that's by design, too. If the victor chooses the annuity option, the jackpot would be paid out over 29 years.

The Mega Millions jackpot beat its own record once again after no ticket matched all the six numbers in the drawing Tuesday night.

Together, the two jackpots top $1 billion. The lottery officials who run Mega Millions tweaked the rules and odds of the game last October to make jackpots pay out less frequently, spurring their monster growth. On April 22, 2005, a Port Huron couple, Ralph and Mary Stebbins, won $208 million playing Mega Millions.

There was no victor for Tuesday night's Mega Millions.

It would be the largest jackpot in global lottery history if claimed by a single victor. More than 55,000 winning tickets are outstanding, with unclaimed prizes ranging from $2 to $50,000, according to the statement.

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