Dec. 9, 2013 – “Jackpot Fever” was in full swing by Friday, as the Mega Millions jackpot grew from $291 to $297 million thanks to strong ticket sales. Still, nobody was able to match all six of the winning numbers drawn Friday night, so the jackpot kept growing.
Ahead of Tuesday night’s drawing, the estimated value of the top prize is an incredible $344 million. Tuesday’s jackpot now ranks as the tenth-highest in U.S. history, and could crack the top five if Tuesday’s drawing does not produce a jackpot winner.
Friday’s winning numbers were 11, 29, 44, 63, 64 and the Mega Ball was 3. The Megaplier, which multiplies non-jackpot prizes by the number drawn, was 3x.
Since the Mega Millions format was changed in October, players have seen (as promised) faster-growing jackpots and more winners per drawing. Friday night was no exception, as more than 3.8 million tickets matched one of the game’s winning number combinations.
Four of those winning tickets are worth $1 million now, as those lucky players were able to match all five of the white balls drawn Friday night, but not the Mega Ball. Those winners come from Illinois, Ohio, Michigan and Washington.
None of those four players chose to add the Megaplier option to their ticket for an extra $1. Had they done so, those $1 million prizes would be worth $3 million, making the lucky winners multi-millionaires.
Along with those four $1 million top prizes, almost $8 million in other prize money was won Friday night. The total payout for Friday’s drawing was more than $11.88 million.
There’s still time to get in on the action. Tuesday’s drawing for the $344 million jackpot, which carries a $184 million cash value, will be held at about 10:59 p.m. EST.
There’s no better time to spend a couple extra bucks for a chance to strike it rich. Check out this post for a few tips on making the most of that Mega Ball, and consider getting an office pool started to increase your odds of winning.
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