Published: Mon, July 23, 2018
Finance | By Loren Pratt

Mega Millions jackpot balloons to almost $500M

Mega Millions jackpot balloons to almost $500M

Even so, it's almost half a billion dollars and that's nothing to scoff at.

The cash option for Tuesday night's drawing will be $296 million, according to Mega Millions officials.

Friday night's jackpot was worth $433 million after rising $11 million earlier in the day Friday.

Lotto players have a chance to win big this weekend as the jackpots for Mega Millions and Powerball, America's dueling jackpots, reach a combined total of $563 million.

The winning numbers for the $433 million prize are: 1, 14, 30, 44, 62 with a Mega Ball of 1. The highest was $533 million, won by Richard Wahl of New Jersey in April. Tickets can be purchased until 10:45 p.m.

This year, 20-year-old Shane Missler of Port Richey won a $451 million prize on January 5, while Richard Wahl of Vernon, N.J., won $533 million on March 30. This is the seventh time the jackpot has exceeded $400 million. The biggest Mega Millions payout of all time was $656 million, won by three tickets, in March 2012.

The next drawing is set for Tuesday night.

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