The winning numbers for Tuesday night’s record-breaking $1.1 billion Mega Millions jackpot have been selected.
The winning numbers for Tuesday night were 15, 13, 7, 18, and 14 with a Megaball of 9.
The enormous jackpot is the fifth-largest lottery reward in American history overall and the third-largest Mega Millions payout.
Of course, the top prize continues growing the longer no one wins it.
On October 14, someone beat the odds of 1 in 302.6 million to win the grand prize. Since then, 24 consecutive draws have passed without a jackpot winner.
You only have a one in almost 303 million chance of actually winning the jackpot, according to a statistician from Hofstra University.
“So you are 1,363 times more likely to get hit by lightning than to win the lottery,” Professor Bruce Torff said.
According to Torff, your odds of dying in a plane disaster are 27,000 times higher than your odds of winning the lottery, and your odds of dying from a meteorite strike are 1,210 times higher.
10 biggest prizes ever won.
Here are the ten biggest prizes ever won in the United States, along with the states where the winning tickets were purchased:
1. $2.04 billion Powerball winnings on November 8, 2022 (one ticket, from California)
2. Powerball win of $1.586 billion, January 13, 2016 (three tickets, from California, Florida, Tennessee)
3. Mega Millions, October 23, 2018, $1.537 billion (one ticket, from South Carolina)
4. Mega Millions, 1.337 billion dollars, July 29, 2022 (one ticket, from Illinois)
5. Mega Millions, $1.05 billion, January 22, 2021 (one ticket, from Michigan)
6. Powerball win of $768.4 million on March 27, 2019 (one ticket, from Wisconsin)
7. Powerball win of $758.7 million, August 23, 2017 (one ticket, from Massachusetts)
8. Powerball jackpot of $731.1 million, Jan. 20, 2021 (one ticket, from Maryland)
9. Oct. 4, 2021, $699.8 million Powerball jackpot (one ticket, from California)
10. Oct. 27, 2018, $687,8 million Powerball win (two tickets, from Iowa and New York)
Math and more challenging odds deserve the credit for the recent large awards.
Lottery officials authorised modifications to Mega Millions in the fall of 2017 that drastically increased the odds from one in 258.9 million to one in 302.6 million. In October 2015, they made similar adjustments to Powerball, lowering the odds from one in 175.2 million to one in 292.2 million.
The theory was that by reducing the frequency of jackpots, ticket sales could increase week after week, creating enormous prizes that would garner attention and draw in new players who had become numb to top awards of $100 million or $200 million.
Additionally, Powerball introduced a third weekly drawing in August 2021, which allowed the jackpot to increase even more fast as more people had the opportunity to participate and lose. The two weekly drawings have remained the same for Mega Millions.
Nine of the top 10 highest lottery prizes have been won since 2017 as a result of those actions.
Along with 45 states, Washington, D.C., and the US Virgin Islands, Mega Millions is also played there.
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