Mega Millions lottery jackpot to top $1.1 billion nationally

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The progressively growing Mega Millions jackpot is nearing monumental scale with Tuesday night's drawing having the potential for the third-largest ever.

According to a Michigan Lottery release, if a Michigander wins the jackpot it will be the largest ever won in the state and the third-largest Mega Millions jackpot nationally in the game's 20-year history.

Last year the Mega Millions jackpot was won six times, according to the release

  • Jan. 28, $426 million, Woodland Hills, California
  • March 8, $128 million, Brooklyn, New York
  • April 12, $110 million, Ramsey, Minnesota
  • April 15, $20 million, Pegram, Tennessee
  • July 29, $1.337 billion, Des Plaines, Illinois
  • Oct. 14, $502 million, San Jose, California; Fort Myers, Florida

The last time the Mega Millions jackpot was won in Michigan in Jan. 2021, it set the record for the largest ever won in Michigan. That $1.05 billion jackpot was won by an Oakland County lottery club.

Mega Millions drawings take place each Tuesday and Friday evening. Each Mega Millions play is only $2. For an additional $1 per play, players have the opportunity to add a “Megaplier” that can multiply non-jackpot prizes by up to five times. Mega Millions tickets are sold in 45 states, Washington D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Mega Millions tickets may be purchased online at MichiganLottery.com and at any of the Lottery’s 10,500 retailers around the state until 10:45 p.m. the day of the drawing.

The National Council on Problem Gambling operates the National Problem Gambling Helpline Network at 1-800-522-4700. The network is a single national access point to local resources for those seeking help for a gambling problem. The network consists of 28 call centers that provide resources and referrals for all 50 states, Canada and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Help is available 24/7 and is 100% confidential.

The National Problem Gambling Helpline Network also includes text and chat services. The features enable those who are gambling online or on a mobile phone to access help the same way they play. One call, text or chat will get you to problem gambling help anywhere in the U.S.

Help is also available via an online peer support forum at gamtalk.org.

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