One of the biggest lottery prizes in US history could be won this week as the Mega Millions jackpot soared to over $800 million.
Mega Millions, one of the two major lottery games in the United States, gives players from 45 different states and several other US territories a chance to win big jackpots, and this week’s game does not no exception, ranking in the top five. prizes ever awarded if a lucky winner matches the numbers in the game.
Here’s what you need to know about Mega Millions:
When is the drawing?
Draws for Mega Millions take place every Tuesday and Friday night at 10 p.m. Central Time.
How do you win?
Mega Millions players can either have numbers randomly generated for them or choose their own numbers between 1 and 70, along with a “Mega Ball”.
If a player matches their five numbers and the “Mega Ball”, they will walk away with the drawing jackpot.
Of course, the jackpot is not the only prize available in the game.
If a player matches all five numbers but not the “Mega Ball”, they would win $1 million, officials say.
Matching four numbers plus the “Mega Ball” would net the player $10,000. Matching four numbers without the “Mega Ball” would net the player a $500 prize.
Three matching numbers and the “Mega Ball” is worth $200.
Matching three numbers, or matching two numbers and the “Mega Ball”, will win the player $10.
Matching a number and the “Mega Ball” is worth $4, and matching the “Mega Ball” is worth a prize of $2.
Illinois players also have the option of adding a $1 “Megaplier” to their $2 ticket. This would double the value of any prize other than the jackpot, including matching all five draw numbers.
What are the odds of winning?
According to officials, the odds of matching all five numbers and the “Mega Ball” number are 1 in 303 million.
By comparison, by some estimates, you have a 1 in 9 million chance of being struck by lightning twice.
Where does this jackpot rank among the biggest ever?
Tonight’s jackpot, which is around $830 million, would be the fourth largest lottery prize ever awarded in the United States if a player wins.
The only larger prizes were all worth at least $1 billion, including the record jackpot of nearly $1.6 billion in a January 2016 Powerball draw.
The October 2018 ($1.5 billion) and January 2021 ($1 billion) Mega Millions draws are the only two other jackpots to top this week’s prize in Mega Millions.
How can I buy tickets?
Tickets are $2 and can be purchased at thousands of retailers across Illinois and Indiana.
Locally, the Illinois Lottery website and app also allow players to purchase tickets online.