Mega Millions drawing tonight for $785M jackpot
The first Mega Millions drawing of the new year will be a big one. More than three-quarters of a billion dollars is up for grabs tonight!
The numbers selected Friday were: 1, 3, 6, 44, 51 and gold Mega Ball 7.
The top prize has increased to $785 million after no one matched all six numbers on last Friday.
The jackpot has grown so large thanks to long odds of one in 302.6 million that have resulted in 22 straight drawings without a big winner.
The estimated $785 million prize is for a winner who chooses to be paid through an annuity, with annual checks over 29 years. Nearly all winners opt for cash, which for the next drawing would be an estimated $395 million.
The jackpot is the largest since a $2.04 billion Powerball prize was won Nov. 8 in California. A winner hasn’t been announced for that record-setting payout.
“On only three previous occasions has the Mega Millions jackpot gone beyond $700 million, and all three times those rolls continued on past $1 billion,” Mega Millions said.
Mega Millions is played in 45 states as well as Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.