Largest Mega Millions jackpot in two years will be drawn Friday
There has been another rollover in the top prize for the multi-state Mega Millions lottery — expanding the jackpot to a staggering $325 million for the Friday drawing.
The lump-sum cash value is estimated to be $205 million.
It is the largest Mega Millions jackpot in two years, and if sales are brisker than expected, it may get even bigger. On August 31, 2007, four ticket-holders from Maryland, New Jersey, Texas, and Virginia shared a $330 million Mega Millions jackpot.
The rollover occurred because no player matched all the winning numbers from Tuesday night's $252 million drawing.
The next Mega Millions drawing will be Friday, Aug. 28, at 11:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The winning numbers will be published within minutes of the draw time at USA Mega (www.usamega.com).
Although there was no grand prize winner Tuesday night, 24 lucky players matched the first 5 numbers for a $250,000 prize: 4 from California, 2 from Georgia, 1 from Massachusetts, 4 from Michigan, 3 from New Jersey, 3 from New York, 2 from Ohio, 3 from Texas, and 2 from Virginia.
The California second-prize winners will take home prizes of $214,190 each, because California pays out with a pari-mutuel payment structure that divides the available prize money at each level by the number of winners, unlike the other Mega Millions states that pay out fixed prize amounts.
Another 202 players won third prizes of $10,000 apiece by matching four of the first five numbers plus the Mega Ball. 44 of those winners are from California, and will collect $5,310 each.
The winning numbers from Friday night's drawing were: 3, 12, 19, 22, and 40, with a Mega Ball number of 2.
The Texas Megaplier was 4.