by means of: Russell Falcon, Nexstar Media Wire, Talia Naquino
(NEXSTAR) — Will you be the winner? Friday’s Mega Millions jackpot is a massive $1.28 billion, the second largest in history. The winning numbers for the jackpot are: 67, 45, 57, 36 and 13. The Megaball number is 14. Friday’s Megaplier is 2X.
The main prize has not been claimed since April 15, although there are several winners of smaller pots. More than 28.1 million winning tickets with smaller prizes have been won, including 42 worth at least $1 million. Friday’s $1.28 billion jackpot has a cash value of $747.2 million.
The largest jackpot in Mega Millions history was $1,537 billion and was claimed in 2018 by a single winner from South Carolina.
Mega Millions tickets cost $2 each and draws are held on Tuesdays and Fridays at 11pm ET. Mega Millions explains that the numbers are drawn by choosing five balls from a set of balls numbered 1-70. An additional gold “Mega” ball is then drawn from a set of balls numbered 1-25.
If Friday’s jackpot is not claimed, the prize will roll over to another one drawn next week.
The odds of hitting the jackpot are high – among the things you’re more likely to do than win the lottery, be killed by a shark, struck by lightning this year, and struck by lightning all your life.
USA Mega, which tracks Mega Millions stats, says the most common Mega Millions numbers are 17, 10, 14, 31, and 4 for the first five numbers. The most common Megaball number is 22.
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