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Second-Largest Mega Millions Jackpot Ever Up For Grabs In Tuesday’s Draw

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Players have the chance to win an estimated $654 million jackpot in Tuesday’s Mega Millions drawing. It is the second-largest jackpot in the game’s history and the fourth-largest jackpot in U.S. lottery history.

The winning numbers from Friday’s Mega Millions drawing were 4, 24, 46, 61 and 70, and the Mega Ball number was 7. While there was no jackpot winner in Friday night’s drawing, Illinois players won more than 112,600 prizes, ranging from $2 to $10,000.

Tuesday’s estimated Mega Millions jackpot combined with Wednesday’s estimated Powerball jackpot of $354 million brings the jackpot total of the two national games to $999 million – the fourth-largest combined figure ever. The top two spots on that list occurred during the roll that culminated with the record-setting Powerball jackpot in January 2016 ($1.586 billion).

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.

The largest lottery jackpots and the states where they were won are as follows:



  • Current jackpot is $654 million; cash option of $372 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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