Mega Millions Jackpot Hits $314 Million

Monday December 9th 2019

The Mega Millions jackpot has soared past $300 million for the third time this year, climbing to $314 million ($212.3 million cash) for the Tuesday, December 10 drawing. It's the biggest prize offered since June 7.

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The jackpot reached its latest peak on Friday night after no ticket matched all six winning numbers - white balls 20, 31, 40, 46 and 61, plus Mega Ball 20.

It's also the third December in a row that Mega Millions has risen above $300 million, offering the prospect of an extra-festive holiday.

2018 also saw a high jackpot in the lead-up to Christmas, which turned into a spectacular New Year's win of $437 million for a group of 23 co-workers in Long Island, New York.

A big jackpot also featured in December 2017; it had reached $451 million by the time it was won on January 5, 2018 by Shane Missler of Port Richey, Florida - who immediately announced his retirement at the ripe old age of 20.

The jackpot has been rolling since it was last hit at $227 million by a ticket purchased in Leander, Texas on September 24. That doesn't mean there haven't been any prizes though - over 10.5 million tickets have won since the jackpot went off, including 15 of $1 million or above.

So far the jackpot has been won six times this year. As well as the wins in January and September, other jackpots awarded in 2019 have been:

The jackpot hasn't actually been won in December since 2013, giving the winner a very merry Christmas on December 17 with a $648 million prize, the third-largest in Mega Millions history!

Will the jackpot continue its pattern of an incredible win early in the New Year - or go off with a bang before the ball drops? Either way, the huge prize is giving players some extra thrills this holiday season.

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