As we told you last week, the US Mega Millions lottery was worth $400 million on Friday 13th December, however whether it was the luck of the draw or the stereotypical bad luck of Friday 13th, there were no ticket holders who could match all of the winning numbers, sending the lottery jackpot to roll over once again.That meant that the totally jackpot prize for the draw on Tuesday, 17th December was an estimated $636 million.
Tuesday’s jackpot was, therefore, the second largest lottery jackpot in US lottery history; just $20 million short of the largest every American lottery jackpot of $656 million, which was split between three winners in 2012.
Mega Millions didn’t break this record this week, however, as two lucky ticket holders both matched the winning numbers in the lottery draw of 8, 14, 17, 20 and 39 and the Mega Ball of 7 to split the $636 million jackpot prize between the two of them.
The two winning lottery tickets were sold in California and Georgia, and the winners have yet to be revealed to the public after their windfalls. Each of the winners will receive $318 million over an annuity or $170 million in cash if they choose to take the pay-out option.
The lottery jackpot total was pushed up in the days leading up to the draw as sales of Mega Millions tickets soared due to the uncharacteristically high total jackpot, so lottery officials increased the jackpot from $586 million to $636 million on Tuesday, a matter of hours before the draw took place.
The Mega Millions jackpot will now revert back to $15 million for the draw this Friday, 20th December and who knows, we might soon see the US lottery jackpot record smashed.
Don’t forget to buy your Mega Millions tickets online at Lottery24.com.