No jackpot winners came forward from Tuesday’s Mega Millions drawing, and the grand prize continues to increase: now up to an estimated $99 million or a cash option of $56.5 million.
The numbers drawn on Tuesday were 33, 35, 41, 45 and 51. The Megaball was 1 and the Megaplier was 2X.
The next pool closes at 10:45 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19, and the drawing starts at 11 p.m. Here’s what you need to know to play.
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When are the Mega Millions drawings?
Mega Millions drawings are Tuesday and Friday at 11 p.m. Ticket sales end at 10:45 p.m. in Kentucky and Indiana.
How to play the Mega Millions
Tickets to Mega Millions cost $2 per play.
There are nine total ways to win a prize, from the jackpot to $2.
Pick five numbers from 1 to 70 and one Mega Ball number from 1 to 25.
Choose Easy Pick or Quick Pick to have the terminal randomly pick numbers for you. You win the jackpot by matching all six winning numbers in the drawing.
What’s the Megaplier?
Most states offer the Megaplier feature, which increases non-jackpot prizes by two, three, four and five times.
It costs an additional $1 per play. Before each regular Mega Millions drawing, the Megaplier is drawn. From a pool of 15 balls, five are marked with “2X,” three with “4X” and one with “5X.”
Where to buy Mega Millions tickets
You can play Mega Millions in 47 localities: 45 states, plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. To find locations, search the Mega Millions website.
In Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana, you can buy a Mega Millions ticket at gas stations, convenience stores and supermarkets until 10:45 p.m. on drawing night.
In Kentucky, residents can also purchase tickets online at www.KYLottery.com.
In Ohio, residents can use Lottery Card available in Kroger, Buehler’s Fresh Foods and Giant Eagle stores. It allows Ohio consumers to enter draw games on their phones and get notified and paid electronically if they win. You can also buy tickets online at www.OhioLottery.com.
What was the largest Mega Millions jackpot ever?
In 2018, one winning ticket in South Carolina sold for a $1.537 billion grand prize, which was the world’s largest lottery prize ever won on a single ticket.
In July 2022, a winning ticket sold in Illinois for $1.337 billion.
What happens if I win Mega Millions?
Mega Millions offers two options.
You can take annuity, in which you’re paid out as one immediate payment followed by 29 annual payments. Each payment is 5% bigger than the previous.
There’s also the cash option, a one-time, lump-sum payment equal to all the cash in the Mega Millions jackpot prize pool.