Tonight’s Mega Millions draw is boasting a jackpot worth an estimated $240 million which is the highest it’s been in eight weeks. The supersized top prize has accumulated over 16 consecutive draws without a top prize winner so the question is, can any ticket holder break the repetitive rollover cycle and take tonight’s life-changing prize?
Several players have come close to scooping the jackpot in recent draws but all have fallen slightly short of first place. Randy Brown, a retired truck driver from Man, West Virginia, claimed a $1 million prize from the draw held on Friday February 7. Brown matched all five main numbers but failed to secure the top prize after choosing the incorrect Mega Ball number. Had Brown spent just $1 more by opting for the Megaplier, he’d have collected a significantly higher prize of $3 million.
The last time a Mega Millions jackpot topped the $200 million mark was in December of 2013, when the grand prize reached a staggering $648 million after 21 draws without a top prize winner. The huge sum was shared between lorry driver Steve Tran and insurance worker Ira Curry, who each received roughly $120 million after state and federal taxes.
Although this $648 million sum may seem some distance away, we could see a similar Mega Millions jackpot in as little as two weeks – providing ticket sales remain strong and the jackpot remains elusive that is.
When the jackpot increases, so does participation so we advise players wishing to take part in tonight’s draw to have their tickets ready in plenty of time.
The winning numbers from tonight’s draw will be available on Lottery.net shortly after the draw so don’t forget to check your tickets to see if you’re a winner.