Mega Millions no longer holds the record for the biggest jackpots ever awarded by a US lottery. The Powerball jackpot surpassed that amount by nearly $1 billion, earlier this year in January. However, those who purchase tickets on a weekly basis have a brand-new opportunity to strike it rich. The jackpot is increasing at a fast pace and is expected to cross the threshold of $333 million tonight.
How Did It Get This Big?
The Mega Millions jackpot starts at $15 million and goes up every weekend until somebody hits the winning combination. It is one of the biggest prizes in the history of the lottery and this jackpot attracts even people who don’t normally buy tickets. The fact that tickets can now be purchased online by people who reside outside US borders has also driven up the jackpot.
Lottery fans can acquire these tickets from leading nline lottery ticket agents like LottoBooking, The Lotter and LottoExpress safely and conveniently. Lottery hopefuls were counting on the Friday night’s draw to make a new millionaire, but nobody had a ticket featuring numbers 20, 23, 30, 44 and 59 with a Mega Ball of 9. In fact, nobody has won the jackpot since early March, hence the big paycheck.
An Important Decision for the Winner
It is difficult to hit the winning combination and the odds are stacked against players, but 1 in 15 players will collect a prize. While the chances to win the jackpot are 1 in 259 million, lower tier payouts are still significant and can change the lives of the winners. The first important decision that a potential winner needs to make is to choose between the 30-year annuity and the one-time cash payment of $226 million.
One would have to make the decision in less than 180 days and statistically, most winners choose the lump payment. The Tuesday draw will take place at 4 AM UK time.