“A Mega Millions jackpot roll that had already made history has now reached a new world record,” states a press release on the official Mega Millions website.
The statement continues, “With no jackpot winner in Friday night’s drawing, the jackpot for the next drawing on Tuesday, Oct. 23 carries an estimated annuity value of $1.6 billion – a new world record. The estimated cash option is nearly $905 million.”
Furthermore, the release notes, “At $1.6 billion, Tuesday’s Mega Millions drawing slips past the $1.586 billion Powerball drawing on January 13, 2016, to become the largest lottery jackpot in history. Winners in California, Florida and Tennessee shared [that] record Powerball prize.”
The statement adds, “The winning numbers for [last night’s] drawing were the white balls 15, 23, 53, 65 and 70, plus the gold Mega Ball 7. While there was no jackpot winner on Friday, there were 15 second-tier winning tickets of at least $1 million, sold in California, Florida, Illinois (two), Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York (four), Texas (two, including one with the Megaplier for a $2 million prize) and Virginia (two). These tickets matched the five white balls but missed matching the Mega Ball.”
In California, unlike most other states, “Mega Millions prize amounts are pari-mutuel, [thus] will vary depending on ticket sales and number of winners and will differ from the fixed prizes shown on the Mega Millions website,” according to the website of the California Lottery. Thus the one ticket sold in Morgan Hill, CA, that matches all the white ball numbers (though not the Mega Ball) in Friday night’s drawing is worth $3,404,526.
To see the official results of Friday night’s Oct. 19th Mega Millions drawing please click here, which will take you to the results page on the official Mega Millions website.