Mega Millions Jackpot Climbs To $168 Million
14th February 2018 11:13 AM
Mega Millions players throughout America will be dreaming of landing this Friday’s mammoth $168 million jackpot, after rolling over for an 11th consecutive time following Tuesday night’s drawing in Atlanta, Georgia. Although there weren’t any jackpot winners on Tuesday, there were still 490,243 winners elsewhere, including three lucky players who became instant millionaires overnight.
What Were The Winning Numbers?
Tuesday’s winning numbers were 5, 46, 15, 49 and 12 with a Mega Ball 1 and x4 Megaplier and, though the second jackpot winner of 2018 wasn’t crowned, three lucky winners in Kentucky, Michigan and New York took home $1 million each for matching the five white numbers. All three winners must now come forward to claim their prize and decide on how to spend their new-found winnings.
The state of New York is actually home to two of the biggest jackpot winners in Mega Millions history and, whilst Tuesday’s drawing wasn’t on that scale, the winning New Yorker was only one Mega Ball away from becoming the latest jackpot winner in The Empire State, turning $1 million into $153 million.
James Groves from the Bronx, New York, split a $336 million jackpot with a California-based winner back in August 2009, whilst November 2014 saw Harold Diamond, a retired school principal from New York, land $326 million. Groves took home $168 million before taxes, with Diamond choosing to take the cash lump sum of $130.6 million after withholdings.
When Was The Jackpot Last Won?
The Mega Millions jackpot has only been once so far this year, when 20-year-old Florida ticket holder Shane Missler came forward to claim a stunning $451m jackpot on Friday January 5th, instantly becoming one of the biggest ever winners in Mega Millions history.
There have been 11 drawings since, and it could be the 12th drawing this Friday evening which sees the second jackpot winner of 2018 finally crowned. Players can pick up their tickets from any participating states across America, so pick your numbers and you could be following in the footsteps of Groves, Diamond, Missler and more.
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