$310 Million Jackpot Threatens Mega Millions Lottery RecordsWednesday June 15th 2016
With last night’s Mega Millions drawing failing to produce a jackpot winner, the top prize has now soared to $310 million for Friday’s game. More than 2.5 million players still won great prizes, including a ticket holder from California who matched all five main numbers to snap up $814,806.
The Mega Millions jackpot has been rolling since Tuesday, March 8th, when Michael Burkett of Seattle grabbed an impressive $157 million. Three months later, players across the nation are dreaming of snapping up twice that amount at the weekend as they compete for one of the largest jackpots on offer this year and the biggest the game has seen since November 2014.
If no one wins on Friday, it’s entirely possible that the prize will break into the top ten Mega Millions jackpots, as rollovers tend to increase the value of pot by at least $10 million. This would unseat a California ticket holder who won $315 million on November 15th, 2005, and push the Albany 7 syndicate from New York, who picked up $319 million on March 25th, 2011, to tenth place instead of ninth. If someone does win in this weekend’s drawing, then they could still sit comfortably as the 11th largest winner the game has seen.
However, there’s still a long way to go before the biggest Mega Millions jackpot of all time loses its place at the top of the leaderboard. On March 30th, 2012, three tickets from Kansas, Illinois and Maryland split an incredible $656 million, a prize which held the record for the world’s largest lottery jackpot up until January 2016.
Whether you pick your Mega Millions numbers based on birthdays or like to grab a Quick Pick and just leave it to fate, don’t forget to play this Friday for the chance to win a huge fortune. Good luck!