The Mega Millions jackpot has topped the $1 billion mark for the second time in 2023, and now stands at $1.05 billion for tonight’s drawing. The cash option for the jackpot is about $528 million.
If a player wins tonight’s Mega Millions jackpot, it would be the second largest Mega Millions jackpot won this year. In January, a Maine player won a $1.348 billion Mega Millions Jackpot. 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.
If a player wins tonight’s drawing, it will also tie the record for the largest jackpot ever won in Michigan. 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 seventh largest in U.S. lottery history. That win also marks the last time the Mega Millions jackpot was won in Michigan.
Tonight’s drawing will be the 30th drawing since the jackpot was last won. In those drawings, more than 26.4 million tickets have won prizes across all nine prize tiers. In Michigan, a lucky player won $1 million in the July 21 drawing. That winning ticket was sold at Hunter and Wayne Liquor, located at 35201 Hunter Street in Westland. Westland is about 25 miles west of Detroit.
Lottery retailers throughout the state are selling Mega Millions tickets until 10:45 p.m. tonight. Tickets 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.