NEW YORK (WABC) — The Mega Millions jackpot has once again increased after no one won big in Tuesday night’s drawing.
On Friday night, an estimated $1.35 billion will be up for grabs. This is the second largest jackpot in Mega Millions history.
Although no one came out of Tuesday night’s drawing a billionaire, three people did win $3 million, including someone in New York and another in Connecticut.
People in New York and New Jersey also won tickets worth $1 million.
Here are Tuesday night’s winning numbers: 15, 13, 7, 18, 14 with a Megaball of 9.
This jackpot was the fifth-largest lottery prize of any kind, in US history.
The longer no one wins the top prize, of course, it keeps getting bigger.
The last time someone overcame the odds of 1 in 302.6 million and won the top prize was on Oct. 14. Since then there have been 25 straight drawings without anyone snagging the jackpot.
A statistics expert at Hofstra University said you have a one in nearly 303 million chance of actually winning the jackpot.
“So you are 1,363 times more likely to get hit by lightning than to win the lottery,” Professor Bruce Torff said.
Torff said you are also 27,000 times more likely to die in a plane crash or 1,210 times more likely to die by getting hit by a meteorite than winning the lottery.
Here is a look at the 10 largest US jackpots that have been won and the states where the winning tickets were sold:
1. $2.04 billion, Powerball, Nov. 8, 2022 (one ticket, from California)
2. $1.586 billion, Powerball, Jan. 13, 2016 (three tickets, from California, Florida, Tennessee)
3. $1.537 billion, Mega Millions, Oct. 23, 2018 (one ticket, from South Carolina)
4. $1.337 billion, Mega Millions, July 29, 2022 (one ticket, from Illinois)
5. $1.05 billion, Mega Millions, Jan. 22, 2021 (one ticket, from Michigan)
6. $768.4 million, Powerball, March 27, 2019 (one ticket, from Wisconsin)
7. $758.7 million, Powerball, Aug. 23, 2017 (one ticket, from Massachusetts)
8. $731.1 million, Powerball, Jan. 20, 2021 (one ticket, from Maryland)
9. $699.8 million, Powerball, Oct. 4, 2021 (one ticket, from California)
10. $687.8 million, Powerball, Oct. 27, 2018 (two tickets, from Iowa and New York)
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The credit for the recent big prizes is actually due to math — and more difficult odds.
In the fall of 2017, lottery officials approved changes to Mega Millions that significantly lengthened the odds from one in 258.9 million to one in 302.6 million. They made similar changes to Powerball in October 2015, worsening the odds from one in 175.2 million to one in 292.2 million.
The idea was that by making jackpots less common, ticket revenue could build up week after week, creating giant prizes that would attract attention and pull in more players who had grown blasé about $100 million or $200 million top prizes.
In August 2021, Powerball also added a third weekly drawing, which enabled the jackpot to roll over and grow even more quickly as people had more chances to play, and lose. Mega Millions has stuck with the two weekly drawings.
Thanks to those moves, nine of the top 10 largest lottery prizes have been won since 2017.
Mega Millions is played in 45 states as well as Washington, DC, and the US Virgin Islands.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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