Mega Millions grows to a whopping half-billion jackpot – The Denver Post

Are you feeling lucky? The Mega Millions jackpot is now over the half-billion mark. The next drawing on Friday is projected to be worth an estimated $515 million.

The jackpot has been growing since the game was it last won in February.

In the 19 years of the Mega Millions, only eight jackpots have been higher than Friday’s.

Largest jackpots in Mega Millions history

The date won is in parentheses.

  1. $1.537 billion (Oct. 23, 2018)
  2. $1.050 billion (Jan. 22, 2021)
  3. $656 million (March 30, 2012)
  4. $648 million (Dec. 17, 2013)
  5. $543 million (July 24, 2018)
  6. $536 million (July 8, 2016)
  7. $533 million (March 30, 2018)
  8. $522 million (June 7, 2019)
  9. $515 million* (drawing May 21, 2021)
  10. $451 million (1/5/2018)

Mega Millions says that there have been 31 winning tickets worth $1 million or more in this current jackpot run.

The February jackpot of $96 million was won by a New York couple, much smaller than the second-largest jackpot ever, which was won earlier in 2021. On Jan. 22, $1.05 billion went to a group in Michigan.

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