Mega Millions winning numbers for Tuesday’s $865M jackpot

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May 04 2021 05:30 pm

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The third-largest lottery jackpot in U.S. history was up for grabs Tuesday.

The Mega Millions drawing was worth $865 million. According to the lottery website, no one hit the jackpot Tuesday night so Friday’s drawing is worth $970 million.

THE WINNING NUMBERS FOR JAN. 19 ARE: 10 – 19 – 26 – 28 – 50 – Mega Ball 16 – the Megaplier is 2x

Powerball, the other lottery game offered in most of the U.S., isn’t far behind at $730 million for a drawing Wednesday night.

It’s the first time both lottery jackpots have topped $700 million. The biggest prize was a $1.58 billion Powerball jackpot won by three people in 2016.

No one has won the Mega Millions jackpot since Sept. 15, allowing the prize to grow larger and larger over four months. The last Powerball jackpot winner was a day later, on Sept. 16.

Such big jackpots are rare, but both games rely on incredibly long odds to generate attention and increase sales. For Mega Millions, the odds of matching all six numbers is one in 302.5 million, and for Powerball it’s one in 292.2 million.

The prizes listed are for winners who choose an annuity option, paid over 30 years. Winners almost always opt for cash prizes, which for Mega Millions would be $638.8 million and $546 million for Powerball.

Those prizes also would be subject to federal taxes, and most states would take a cut as well.

Mega Millions and Powerball are both played in 45 states as well as Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Powerball also is offered in Puerto Rico.

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