Lines soon may be getting longer to buy tickets for the next Mega Millions jackpot, now worth $375 million.
It’s one of the game’s highest amounts in history.
No one matched all six numbers on Friday the 13th. One person – not in Florida – matched the first five numbers, good for $1 million.
Cocoa Beach surfer Brett Hedleston, spending two months in Huntington Beach, Calif., training with his son, William, not only hears the crashing waves there but now also hears the ripples of potential cash flow.
“It would fund plenty of surf trips, that’s for sure,” he said, laughing. “If it’s $375 million, I’ll walk across the street and buy one.”
Tuesday night’s jackpot would be the 10th-highest Mega Millions payout of all-time and would match the 25th-highest total of all American-played lotteries, including Powerball.
The Florida Lottery says the winning Mega Millions ticket from Friday night’s drawing was bought at a 7-Eleven convenience store in Port Richey, near Tampa. The jackpot was $450 million. AP
The cash option for Tuesday night’s drawing would be $226 million, according to Mega Millions officials.
It’s been a banner year so far with two major Mega Millions jackpots already being won.
This year, 20-year-old Shane Missler of Port Richey won a $451 million prize on Jan. 5, while Richard Wahl of Vernon, N.J., won $533 million on March 30. In all, three Mega Millions jackpots have been awarded in 2018.
The highest jackpot ever in the game: On March 30, 2012, Mega Millions produced a $656 million jackpot, split three ways.
Mega Millions tickets cost $2 per play or toss in an extra dollar for the multiplier, which can be two times or up to five times the consolation winnings.
The winner of last month’s $533 million Mega Millions jackpot is a New Jersey resident who moved to the state last summer and is a production manager for a food services facility. (April 12) AP
Players may pick six numbers from two separate pools of numbers – five different numbers from 1 to 70 and one Mega Ball number from 1 to 25. Or just ask for a Quick Pick.
The next drawing takes place at 11 p.m. Tuesday.
The winning numbers drawn Friday night, July 13:
21-22-39-59-68 with a Mega Ball of 2
(and a multiplier of 2x)
That jackpot was worth $340 million.
The odds to match all six numbers: 1 in 302,575,350, which is tougher than hitting the Powerball, where odds are 1 in 292,201,338.