Numbers Drawn For 3rd Largest Mega Millions Jackpot In U.S. History

Mae Love
October 17, 2018

The Mega Millions jackpot soared to a massive $868 million Tuesday night - the second largest in U.S. lottery history - after no winners were reported in the evening's drawing, according to the lottery's website.

The numbers were 3, 45, 49, 61 and 69 with the Mega Ball of 9. No ticket was sold that matched all six winning numbers, meaning the jackpot now climbs to $868 million.

If the victor chooses the annuity option, the jackpot would be paid out over 29 years. The cash option, which is favored by almost all winners, is $380 million.

The $667 million is up for grabs in Tuesday's drawing.

An anonymous Mega Millions player who bought a ticket in La Plata, Maryland, in 2014, won a $207 million jackpot.

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While California didn't sell the Mega Millions jackpot, Lotto officials tweeted that a 5 of 6 victor was sold in San Francisco.

Mega Millions tickets cost $2 per play and there are a total of nine ways to win a prize, ranging from the jackpot down to $2.

The odds of winning the massive jackpot, played in 44 states and the District of Columbia, stand at a mere one in 302.5 million, according to AP. The drawing was worth $414 million, but a Florida couple also had a winning ticket, so the pot was split.

The record lottery jackpot was a $1.6 billion Powerball prize won in January 2016.

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