NEW YORK (WABC) — The numbers for an estimated $1.35 billion Mega Millions jackpot have been drawn and now all hopeful players can do is wait until news of a potential winner is announced.
The numbers drawn on Friday night were: 30, 43, 45, 46, 61 and Mega Ball gold 14.
The jackpot is the second largest in Mega Millions history!
The odds of winning a Mega Millions draw are slim, one in nearly 303 million.
Don’t be put off by these odds. Friday the 13th is the day when many gamble and win. So far, six people have won the lottery on Friday the 13th.
Michigan was especially lucky with the Mega Millions jackpots on Friday the 13th, winning four of them (June 2008, May 2011, June 2014 and October 2017). That 2017 jackpot was shared with a winner in Rhode Island. Further jackpots on Friday the 13th were won in New York (March 2009) and Ohio (November 2015). None of them, however, came close to the estimated US$ 1.35 billion in dispute.
While no one emerged from Tuesday night’s billionaire draw, three people won $3 million, including one person in New York and one in Connecticut.
People in New York and New Jersey also had tickets worth $1 million.
The last time anyone won the top prize was on October 14th. Since then, there have been 25 consecutive draws without anyone winning the top prize.
“So you are 1,363 times more likely to be struck by lightning than to win the lottery,” said Professor Bruce Torff.
Torff said you are also 27,000 times more likely to die in a plane crash or 1,210 times more likely to be killed by a meteorite than you are to win the lottery.
Here’s a look at the top 10 biggest US jackpots that were won and the states where winning tickets were sold:
1. $2.04 billion, Powerball, November 8, 2022 (one ticket, from California)
2. $1.586 billion, Powerball, January 13, 2016 (three tickets, from California, Florida, Tennessee)
3. $1.537 billion, Mega Millions, Oct 23, 2018 (one ticket, from South Carolina)
4. $1.337 billion, Mega Millions, July 29, 2022 (one ticket, from Illinois)
5. $1.05 billion, Mega Millions, Jan 22, 2021 (one ticket, from Michigan)
6. $768.4 million, Powerball, March 27, 2019 (one ticket, from Wisconsin)
7. $758.7 million, Powerball, August 23, 2017 (one ticket, from Massachusetts)
8. $731.1 million, Powerball, Jan 20, 2021 (one ticket, from Maryland)
9. $699.8 million, Powerball, Oct 4, 2021 (one ticket, from California)
10. $687.8 million, Powerball, Oct 27, 2018 (two tickets, from Iowa and New York)
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The credit for the recent big wins actually goes to math – and tougher odds.
In the fall of 2017, lottery officials approved changes to Mega Millions that significantly increased the odds from one in 258.9 million to one in 302.6 million. They made similar changes in Powerball in October 2015, downgrading the odds from one in 175.2 million to one in 292.2 million.
The idea was that by making jackpots less common, ticket revenue could increase week after week, creating giant prize pools that would grab attention and attract more players who had grown blasé about the top prizes of $100 million or $100 million. 200 millions.
In August 2021 Powerball also added a third weekly draw which allowed the jackpot to accumulate and grow even faster as people were more likely to play and lose. Mega Millions has retained the two weekly draws.
Thanks to these moves, nine of the top 10 lottery jackpots have been won since 2017.
Mega Millions is played in 45 states, as well as Washington, DC and the US Virgin Islands.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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