Mega Millions: Delaware player wins $3M July 22 as jackpot increases

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There was no jackpot winner in the Mega Millions drawing on Friday, but a Delaware player was one of three $3 million winners.

The grand prize for the drawing on Tuesday, July 26, will be an estimated $790 million with a cash option of $464.4 million, according to the Mega Millions website.

The jackpot will be the third largest in Mega Millions history and the fourth largest for a United States lottery (see charts below).

The numbers drawn on Friday, July 22, 2022, were: 14-40-60-64-66 and Mega Ball 16. The Megaplier was 3x. Friday's jackpot was $660 million.

While no one won it all, four tickets matched all five white balls. Three of those tickets were sold in Delaware, New Jersey and New York, but those tickets also had the Megaplier to win $3 million. The fourth ticket was sold in Virginia and won $1 million.

The Mega Millions jackpot has not been won since April 15 when a ticket sold in Tennessee won $20 million – it was the second time in two drawings the jackpot was won.

Meanwhile, the Powerball jackpot is at $119 million with a cash option of $69.2 million for Saturday night's drawing, according to the Powerball website

What time is the Mega Millions drawing?

Mega Millions drawings are held every Tuesday and Friday at 11 p.m. The cost is $2 per ticket, but you can add the Megaplier for $1, which will increase the amount of your potential prize up to five times the original prize (except for the jackpot).

Each player selects five numbers from 1 to 70 for the white balls and one number from 1 to 25 for the Mega Ball. However, you can also have the lottery machine generate a random Quick Pick for you.

Prizes vary from $2 for matching the Mega Ball to $1 million for matching all five white balls (except in California) to the jackpot for matching all six balls. You can check all the prize payouts on the Mega Millions site here.

You don't need to be a U.S. citizen or a resident of a particular state where you purchase your ticket.

On Tuesdays and Fridays, ticket sales end at 9:45 p.m. in Delaware; 9:59 p.m. in Pennsylvania; and 10:45 p.m. in Maryland, New Jersey, New York and Virginia.

Where to buy Mega Millions tickets

You can play the game in 45 states plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The states not offering Mega Millions are: Alabama, Alaska, Hawaii, Nevada and Utah.

Many grocery stores, gas stations and convenience stores sell lottery tickets. Some states allow Mega Millions tickets to be purchased online, but beware of scam websites. Check with your state lottery for more details.

What are my odds of winning?

Playing the Mega Millions can be exciting, but just don't go spending those millions before you win.

The odds of winning the jackpot are 302,575,350-to-1.

The odds to match all five white balls are 12,607,306-to-1.

What does the cash option mean?

The major lotteries in the United States offer two jackpot payout options: annuity and cash.

The annuity option is paid out over time. There is an immediate payment and then 29 annual payments after that, increasing by 5% each year.

The cash option is significantly lower than the advertised jackpot, but it is paid in a lump sum. You don't have to wait decades for all the money.

What was the biggest Mega Millions jackpot?

Here are the Top 10 jackpots ever since the Mega Millions began in 1996:

  1. $790 million: July 22, 2022:
  2. $656 million, March 30, 2012: Three winners in Illinois, Kansas, Maryland 
  3. $648 million, Dec. 17, 2013: Two winners in California, Georgia
  4. $543 million, July 24, 2018: Won in California
  5. $536 million, July 8, 20116: Won in Indiana

What was the largest U.S. lottery jackpot ever?

Here's a look at the top jackpots were won in the United States, between the Powerball and the Mega Millions lotteries:

  1. $1.586 billion, Powerball, Jan. 13, 2016: Three winners in California, Florida, Tennessee
  2. $790 million, Mega Millions, July 26, 2022
  3. $758.7 million, Powerball, Aug. 23, 2017: Won in Massachusetts
  4. $687.8 million, Powerball, Oct. 27, 2018: Two winners in Iowa, New York
  5. $656 million, March 30, 2012: Three winners in Illinois, Kansas, Maryland 
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