The Mega Millions lottery jackpot has grown to $432 million for Tuesday night’s drawing, after no tickets matched all six winning numbers from Friday night — the first major lottery drawing of 2021.
One ticket sold in Texas matched the five white balls, but not the gold Mega ball, according to the official Mega Million website. So that ticket is worth $1 million.
Throughout the nation, 31 tickets from Friday’s drawing won a prize of $10,000, with those tickets matching four white balls plus the gold Mega ball, the lottery said. Also, 741 tickets won $500 each for matching four white balls.
The winning numbers in Friday night’s drawing (1/1/2021) were 8, 24, 53, 68 and 69. The gold Mega number was 7, and the Megaplier was 5x.
The next drawing takes place at 11 p.m. Eastern time on Tuesday, Jan. 5. The cash value of the estimated $432 million jackpot will be about $329.7 million.
The last time any lottery player won the top Mega Millions jackpot was Sept. 15, 2020, when a $120 million ticket was sold in Wisconsin. Two top jackpots were hit in New Jersey in 2020; an anonymous winner claimed the $202 million prize won on Feb. 11 with a ticket sold in Edison, and a $124 million ticket was bought in Bayonne for the July 24 drawing.
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