Mega Millions to climb to US-record jackpot on Tuesday

Mega Millions to climb to US-record jackpot on Tuesday
Posted at 9:01 PM, Oct 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-20 08:22:59-04

After no one won Friday's giant Mega Millions lottery, the jackpot for Tuesday's drawing has climbed to an estimated $1.6 billion, marking an all-time record for lottery drawings in the US. 

In case you want to confirm that you did not win during Friday's $1 billion drawing.

The winning numbers on Friday were 65-53-23-15-70 and the Mega Ball was 7.

Only one other jackpot in U.S. history has surpassed the $1 billion mark. That jackpot was via the Powerball lottery on Jan. 13, 2016, and that drawing was worth $1.586 billion. In that instance, three winners split the massive jackpot. 

The Mega Millions jackpot has been building since July 27 when a winning ticket was sold in California. 

Mega Millions is played in all states except Hawaii, Alaska, Nevada, Utah, Mississippi and Alabama. The odds of drawing all six numbers in Mega Millions are 1 in nearly 302 million. 

Although no one matched every single number, you could still be a winner. Selecting the Mega Ball is worth $2. If you get all five white numbers correct without hitting the Mega Ball, a ticket is worth $1 million. 

Mega Millions is not the only lottery out there that is large.. Powerball's jackpot on Saturday is a slightly more modest $470 million.

Take a look at the list below for the largest jackpots in U.S. history, according to the Arizona Lottery:

Rank Amount Date Lottery
1 $1.6 billion (estimated) 10/23/18

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2 $1.586billion 1/13/16


3 $758.7 million 8/23/17 Powerball
4 $656 million 3/30/12

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5 $648 million 12/17/13

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$590.5 million 5/18/13


7 $587.5 million 11/28/12


8 $564.1 million 2/11/15


9 $559.7 million 1/6/18


10 $543 million 7/24/18

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Justin Boggs is a writer for the E.W. Scripps National Desk. Follow him on Twitter @jjboggs or on Facebook.