With a jackpot now standing at around $390 million, interest in the Mega Millions lottery draw tonight is quickly building. The huge amount has come about thanks to yet another rollover, with no tickets matching all the numbers needed to claim the big prize on Friday night.
This makes it the 31st consecutive time that the jackpot has not been claimed, and it's become one of the biggest prizes in the history of this lottery, with anyone lucky enough to win being given a cash payout of around $265 million, or a lump sum followed by 29 annual instalments, each one increasing by 5% to counter the rise in the cost of living over that time.
The last time a jackpot was won was March 8th, when a $157 million prize went to a player from Seattle Washington State.
Playing The Mega Millions
For a $1 ticket, players need to select 5 main numbers from between 1 and 75, plus a sixth number from a separate grid of just 15. In most states, an optional Megaplier can be taken for an extra $1, and this means non-jackpot prizes are multiplied several times over. On Tuesday, a 5x Megaplier will be in effect, so anyone matching the 5 main numbers for an automatic $1 million will actually win $5 million.
Now that online ticket buying services like LottoBooking, LottoExpress and Play USA Lotteries are available, someone from outside the 44 participating states could be the big winner on Tuesday. These work by local agents buying tickets on behalf of players, with any winnings sent directly to them.
Drawings take place in Atlanta Georgia at 11p.m. each Tuesday and Friday, so anyone buying online needs to bear in mind the time difference between where they are and Atlanta which is on Eastern Standard Time, or 5 hours behind the UK.