Mega Millions Lottery Jackpot Passes Half A Billion Dollars For Tonight's Draw

Published July 8, 2016 by Arthur M

Mega Millions Lottery Jackpot Passes Half A Billion Dollars For Tonight's Draw

The Mega Millions lottery jackpot was unclaimed on Tuesday night and so rolls over once again to surpass the $500 million mark.

As there was no jackpot winner on Tuesday, the Mega Millions lottery could now make someone half a billion Dollars richer if they get all six numbers matched with those drawn on Friday 8th July. It marks a new record for the number of rollovers, with 34 so far, while the previous record was 22 consecutive draws without a winner.

The jackpot has only been won twice in 2016, both times on the 8th of the month, so will it be third time lucky again?

How To Play Mega Millions

Anyone wanting to win the Mega Millions jackpot is going to have to defy odds of around 259,000,000 to 1 and match 5 white ball numbers from a possible 75, plus a single yellow ball number that's drawn from a separate pool of just 15. Tickets are $1, or $2 if a Megaplier option is taken, where non-jackpot prizes can be multiplied several times over.

44 US states participate in the Mega Millions lottery, although by using services like Play USA Lotteries, LottoBooking and LottoExpress, anyone with an internet connection can join in, with just as much chance of winning as someone who buys their tickets at a US retailer.

$508 Million Draw

This jackpot is the third biggest in the history of Mega Millions, only surpassed by $656 million prize that was shared by 3 winners in March 2012, and a $648 million prize that was won by 2 ticket holders in December 2013.

If a single player wins the jackpot on Friday, they will have the option to take a lump sum payment of $357 million, or take the prize over 29 years, with small increases with each payment.

The world will know if there's a winner following the next draw which takes place at 11 p.m. EST on Friday 8th July. Tickets must be purchased by 10 p.m., so anyone from a different part of the world will need to check what that equates to in their timezone.

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