No Big Winner: Powerball Jackpot Climbs To $430 Million

Roman Schwartz
October 19, 2018

The prize is the second-largest jackpot in US history, behind only a $1.6 billion Powerball prize won in 2016. It's the second-largest lottery jackpot in USA history.

Tuesday's Mega Millions winning numbers were 3, 45, 49, 61, 69 with a Mega Ball of 9 for a jackpot worth $667 million at the time.

Each $2 Mega Millions ticket nets you a 1 in 302.5 million shot at the fortune, which has been accumulating since the last jackpot win in July.

Meanwhile, the grand prize for Friday's Mega Millions drawing has climbed to a new record of $900 million, or $494 million cash.

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The estimated $654 million jackpot refers to the annuity option, paid out over 29 years.

Since 2012, 10 of the biggest lottery jackpots in US history have exceeded $500 million. But cheer up! There are often secondary prizes to these huge drawings that can be worth millions of dollars, and a shocking amount of them go unclaimed - probably because people get too focused on the biggest possible way to win.

For comparison, MI players bought 3.8 million tickets for Tuesday night's drawing - with 2.6 million purchased on Tuesday alone - when the jackpot was $667 million.

Details of where the winning Florida ticket was sold were not immediately available.

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