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Mega Millions Jackpot Reaches $262 Million

As of 3:00 p.m. today—Friday, December 13, 2018, players have the chance to win an estimated $262 million jackpot in Friday’s Mega Millions drawing.

The winning numbers from Tuesday’s Mega Millions drawing were 4, 38, 39, 54 and 59, and the Mega Ball number was 12. While there was no jackpot winner in Tuesday night’s drawing, Illinois players won more than 26,600 prizes, ranging from $2 to $10,000.

Illinois residents, 18 and older, can purchase Mega Millions and all of the Illinois Lottery’s draw-based game tickets by using the Illinois Lottery’s mobile app. The free app (the first of its kind in the United States) is available for download on iOS and Android devices and offers any Illinois adult the chance to purchase lottery tickets on their smartphone. Players can also purchase their tickets online at and at nearly 8,000 retailers statewide.


  • Current jackpot is $262 million; cash option of $155 million
  • Jackpots start at $40 million
  • Overall odds of winning the jackpot 1:302,575,350
  • Drawings are at 10 p.m. (CT) every Tuesday and Friday


About the Illinois Lottery:

Founded in 1974, the Illinois Lottery has contributed over $20 billion (since 1985) to the state’s Common School Fund to assist K-12 public schools, as well as hundreds of millions of dollars to the Capital Projects Fund and to special causes like Illinois Veterans services, the fight against breast cancer, MS research, Special Olympics and assistance for people living with HIV/AIDS. In addition to playing in-store, the Illinois Lottery offers online and mobile play for all draw-based Illinois Lottery games at Players must be at least 18 years old. 

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