Mega Millions Drawing: Jackpot soars to over $1.3B after no big winner Tuesday night

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NEW YORK (WABC) — The Mega Millions jackpot has been raised again after no one won a big prize in Tuesday night’s draw.

An estimated $1.35 billion is up for grabs on Friday night. This is the second largest jackpot in Mega Millions history.

While no one came out of a billionaire’s drawing Tuesday night, three people won as much as $3 million, including one in New York and another in Connecticut.

People in New York and New Jersey also had tickets worth $1 million.

Here are Tuesday night’s winning numbers: 15, 13, 7, 18, 14 with a Megaball of 9.

This jackpot was the fifth largest lottery prize of any kind in US history.

The longer no one wins the main prize, of course, it gets bigger and bigger.

The last time someone beat the odds of 1 in 302.6 million to win the top prize was on October 14. Since then, there have been 25 consecutive draws without anyone hitting the jackpot.

A statistics expert from Hofstra University said you have a one in nearly 303 million chance of actually winning the jackpot.

“So you are 1363 times more likely to be struck by lightning than to win the lottery,” said Professor Bruce Torff.

Torff said you’re also 27,000 times more likely to die in a plane crash or 1,210 times more likely to die from being hit by a meteorite than winning the lottery.

Here’s a rundown of the 10 biggest US jackpots won and the states where the winning tickets were sold:

1. $2.04 billion, Powerball, November 8, 2022 (one ticket, from California)

2. $1.586 billion, Powerball, January 13, 2016 (three tickets, from California, Florida, Tennessee)

3. $1.537 billion, Mega Millions, October 23, 2018 (one ticket, from South Carolina)

4. $1.337 billion, Mega Millions, July 29, 2022 (one ticket, from Illinois)

5. $1.05 billion, Mega Millions, January 22, 2021 (one ticket, from Michigan)

6. $768.4 million, Powerball, March 27, 2019 (one ticket, from Wisconsin)

7. $758.7 million, Powerball, Aug 23, 2017 (one ticket, from Massachusetts)

8. $731.1 million, Powerball, January 20, 2021 (one ticket, from Maryland)

9. $699.8 million, Powerball, October 4, 2021 (one ticket, from California)

10. $687.8 million, Powerball, Oct. 27 2018 (two tickets, from Iowa and New York)

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The credit for the recent majors is actually due to math – and harder odds.

In the fall of 2017, lottery officials approved changes to Mega Millions that significantly increased the odds from one in 258.9 million to one in 302.6 million. They made similar changes to Powerball in October 2015, worsening the odds from one in 175.2 million to one in 292.2 million.

The idea was that by making jackpots less common, ticket revenue could increase week after week, creating gigantic prizes that would turn heads and attract more players who had gone blasé with about $100 million or $200 million main prizes.

In August 2021, Powerball also added a third weekly draw, allowing the jackpot to roll over and grow even faster as people had more chances to play and lose. Mega Millions sticks to two weekly draws.

Thanks to those moves, nine of the top 10 biggest lottery prizes have been won since 2017.

Mega Millions is played in 45 states, as well as Washington, DC and the US Virgin Islands.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

WATCH: New York state lottery draws live daily at 2:30pm and 10:30pm and Wednesdays and Saturdays at 8:15pm

Power ball drawings are also streamed here on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays at 10:59 p.m

Mega Millions drawings are streamed on Tuesdays and Fridays at 11pm

The New York Lottery is North America’s largest and most profitable, contributing billions of dollars to support education in New York State.

Revenues are distributed among local school districts according to the same legal formula used to distribute other state aids to education. According to the New York Lottery, the formula takes into account both a school district’s size and income level; larger, lower-income school districts receive proportionately larger portions of the Lottery’s school funding.

For more information about the New York lottery and to view lottery results, visit nylottery.ny.gov.

New Yorkers struggling with a gambling addiction, or know someone who is, can find help by calling the state’s toll-free, confidential HOPEline at 1-877-8-HOPENY (1-877-846-7369) or by texting ‘and to HOPENY ( 467369). Standard SMS rates may apply.

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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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