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Mega Millions jackpot climbs to $785M



Fargo, North Dakota – The projected $685 million Mega Millions jackpot was not won during Friday night’s drawing, so the prize pool will roll over into the first drawing of the New Year.

The top reward has now reached $785 million in anticipation of the drawing that will take place on Tuesday night.

According to a statement released by Mega Millions early Saturday morning, none of the lottery tickets that were purchased on Friday night matched all six of the numbers that were selected.

The following numbers and the gold Mega Ball were drawn on Friday: 1, 3, 6, 44, 51, and 7.

Because of the extremely long odds of one in 302.6 million, which have resulted in 22 consecutive drawings with no major winner, the jackpot has risen to such an enormous amount.

The winner of the prize, which is expected to be $785 million, will receive their winnings in the form of an annuity, receiving payments on a yearly basis for the next 29 years. Nearly the majority of the winners choose to receive their prizes in the form of cash, which for the subsequent drawing would amount to an estimated $395 million.

Since a $2.04 billion Powerball prize was won on November 8 in California, this jackpot is the greatest one that has been won since then. There has not yet been a winner declared for that payout amount, which set a record.

“On only three previous occasions has the Mega Millions jackpot gone beyond $700 million, and all three times those rolls continued on past $1 billion,” Mega Millions said.

The Mega Millions lottery is played in all 50 states, as well as the District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands of the United States.