Mega Millions asks: ‘Who wants to be a billionaire?’

Tuesday’s Mega Millions jackpot has climbed beyond $1 billion, making it the third-largest jackpot in history.

No one hit all six numbers for Mega Millions on Friday, pushing the estimated $940 million jackpot up to $1.1 billion for Tuesday.

In the process, the upcoming Mega Millions drawing will become the third-largest lottery opportunity in U.S. history.


By the numbers: The multi-state lottery has been on a 24-drawing streak without a winner, stretching back more than two months.

  • The $1.1 billion prize would be paid out via the 29-year annuity option.
  • A Tuesday winner opting for cash payment would gross $568.7 million.

History ahead: Should 8 p.m. on Tuesday pass with no Mega Millions winner, the current jackpot would be butting up against the game’s current all-time record jackpot of $1.33 billion, won last July in Illinois.

What they’re saying: “Mega Millions has just reached the $1 billion mark again. It’s especially nice to see the jackpot grow throughout the holidays and into the new year. As the jackpot grows, we encourage our players to keep within their entertainment budget and enjoy this jackpot run right along with us,” said Ohio lottery director and lead director for Mega Millions Pat McDonald.

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