The Mega Millions jackpot currently stands at $281 million for tonight’s drawing. The cash option for the jackpot is $145.2 million. If a player wins tonight’s Mega Million jackpot, it would be the third largest Mega Millions jackpot won this year. The Mega Millions jackpot was last won in April, when one ticket purchased in New York matched the five white balls and Mega ball to win a $20 million jackpot.
The Mega Millions jackpot was last won in Michigan in January 2021 by an Oakland County lottery club. The club won a $1.05 billion Mega Millions jackpot. That jackpot was the largest ever won in Michigan and the sixth largest in U.S. lottery history.
The Powerball jackpot currently stands at $366 million for Saturday’s drawing. The cash option for the jackpot is $189 million. If a player wins Saturday’s Powerball jackpot, it would be the second largest Powerball jackpot won this year. The Powerball jackpot was last won in April, when one ticket purchased in Ohio matched the five white balls and the Powerball to win a $252.6 million jackpot.
The last Michigan player to win a Powerball jackpot was Cristy Davis, of Waterford. Davis won the game’s $70 million jackpot on Feb. 12, 2020.
Players have plenty of time to purchase tickets for both drawings. Lottery retailers throughout the state are selling Mega Millions tickets until 10:45 p.m. tonight. Powerball tickets may be purchased until 9:45 p.m. Saturday night. Tickets for both games also may be purchased online at MichiganLottery.com.
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.
Powerball drawings take place at 10:59 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday and may be watched live online at: http://www.powerball.com. A “Power Play” option that multiplies non-jackpot prizes by up to 10 times to a maximum of $2 million may be added to any Powerball play for only $1.