Mega Millions Jackpot Increases to $1.280 Billion for Tonight’s Drawing

The Mega Millions jackpot has increased to $1.280 billion for tonight’s drawing, making it the second largest Mega Millions jackpot in the game’s history. The cash option for tonight’s jackpot is $747 million.

If a lucky player wins the $1.280 billion jackpot, not only will it be the second largest Mega Millions jackpot prize won in the game’s history, but the third largest jackpot won in U.S. lottery history. In October 2018, one ticket purchased in South Carolina won the record $1.537 billion Mega Millions jackpot, which is the largest Mega Millions jackpot ever won and second largest jackpot won in U.S. lottery history.

The record for the largest jackpot won in U.S. lottery history is a $1.586 billion Powerball jackpot. Three players from California, Florida, and Tennessee matched the five white balls and Powerball to win the huge jackpot on Jan. 13, 2016.

In January 2021, an Oakland County lottery club won a $1.05 billion Mega Millions jackpot. That jackpot was the largest ever won in Michigan and the second largest Mega Millions jackpot prize ever won.

Tonight’s drawing will be the 30th Mega Millions drawing since the jackpot was last won in April. One ticket purchased in Tennessee won the game’s $20 million jackpot.

Mega Millions drawings take place each Tuesday and Friday evening. Each Mega Millions play is only $2. For an additional $1 per play, players have the opportunity to add a “Megaplier” that can multiply non-jackpot prizes by up to five times. Mega Millions tickets are sold in 45 states, Washington D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Mega Millions tickets may be purchased online at MichiganLottery.com and at any of the Lottery’s 10,500 retailers around the state until 10:45 p.m. the day of the drawing.

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