LOS ANGELES (CNS) – The fourth-largest lottery jackpot in U.S. history will be on the line Tuesday after no tickets were sold with all six numbers in the multi-state Mega Millions game for the 28th consecutive draw.
The estimated $790 million jackpot is the largest since a $1.05 billion jackpot won on Jan. 22, 2021. The U.S. record jackpot is $1.586 billion for the Jan. 13, 2016 Powerball draw. The $1.537 billion jackpot for the Oct. 23, 2018 Mega Millions game is second.
Buying tickets at a store where tickets with large jackpots have been sold in the past will not increase a purchaser’s chance of winning a jackpot, according to USC mathematics professor Ken Alexander.
“The chance that a given place will sell a winning lottery ticket is just related to how many tickets they sell,” Alexander told City News Service.
However, players wanting a better chance of avoiding sharing the jackpot should choose numbers that aren’t selected as often, Alexander said. Lottery players frequently choose the date of their birthdays as one of their numbers, so numbers higher than 31 would be played less, he said.
The odds of matching all five numbers and the Mega number are 1 in 302,575,350, according to the California Lottery. The overall chance of winning a prize is 1 in 24.
The numbers drawn Friday were 14, 40, 60, 64, 66 and the Mega number was 16. The estimated jackpot was $660 million.
Tickets with five numbers, but missing the Mega number, were sold in Delaware, New Jersey and New York and were each worth $3 million because those players utilized the Megaplier option, where for an additional $1 any non- jackpot prize will be multiplied by the Megaplier number drawn.
A ticket with five numbers, but missing the Mega number, sold in Virginia is worth $1 million, according to the Multi-State Lottery Association, which conducts the game.
The Mega Millions game is played in 45 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. Virgin Islands.