Ever wonder how it feels to be a millionaire? You’ll get your chance again this week.
The next Mega Millions jackpot, on Tuesday night, June 2, is estimated at $356 million.
It has been nearly four months since any lottery jackpot was worth this much.
The $300 million level was surpassed just three times in all of 2019.
The Mega Millions jackpot for Tuesday, June 2, is now $356 million. (Photo: Hillard Grossman/FLORIDA TODAY)
The $356 million prize represents the 15th largest Mega Millions jackpot of all-time and the 35th largest jackpot of any kind of game played in the U.S.
You’ll have until an hour before Tuesday’s 11 p.m. drawing to purchase tickets.
The last time someone matched all six numbers in the Mega Millions was Feb. 11 this year, a $202 million unclaimed ticket sold in Edison, N.J.
The largest Mega Millions jackpot in 2019 was $522 million, won June 7 on a ticket bought in San Diego.
The largest Mega Millions jackpot in history: $1.537 billion Oct. 23, 2018, won by a very lucky state resident who wishes to remain anonymous after buying the ticket in Simpsonville, South Carolina.
Because of potential waning sales in the midst of closures and lockdowns during the coronavirus pandemic, lottery officials for both Mega Millions and Powerball in early April reported the new starting point for the jackpots would revert to $20 million, from the current $40 million.
But since no one has matched all six numbers in that time frame for the Mega Millions, that idea has become moot for now. Someone did, however, win $190 million in the April 8 Powerball drawing. That ticket is still unclaimed.
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Playing the numbers
Since Oct. 31, 2017, when the current numbers format began, the most gold ball Mega Ball numbers drawn prior to Tuesday night have been 9 and 11 (each 15 times), followed by 4, 10, 20 and 22 (each 14 times), according to USA Mega. The least drawn gold balls have been No. 8, just five times, and No. 15, only six times.
As for the white balls, the most-drawn numbers prior to Tuesday night have been 17 and 31 (each selected 28 times, or 10.37 percent of all drawings), followed by 10, 48, 62 and 70 (each 27 times, or 10 percent). The least drawn white balls have been 26, 36 and 45 (each 11 times, or 0.81 percent).
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How to play
Select five numbers from 1 through 70 in the upper play area (white balls), or mark the QP (Quick Pick) box and let the terminal randomly pick some or all of your numbers.
Select your gold Mega Ball number from 1 through 25 in the lower play area, or mark the QP (Quick Pick) box for the terminal to randomly select your Mega Ball number.
Each ticket costs $2.
Add another dollar for the Megaplier and you could win two to five times the consolation prize.
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Match all five white balls and the gold Mega Ball to win the jackpot. Match just the five white balls and win $1 million, and if your ticket includes the Megaplier, you could win up to $5 million.
The odds of winning the grand prize: 1:302,575,350.
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