Last week we reported how the combined Powerball and Mega Millions jackpots were over $1bn. Incredible figures, but after Friday’s Mega Millions draw ended in a rollover, the two top prizes are now over $2m.
The records keep on being broken this month and the Tuesday October 23 Mega Millions draw has a $1.6bn jackpot (cash option $904m). With more and more players buying tickets between now and draw-time, the figure will grow even higher. It’s already the largest ever US Lottery jackpot beating the $1.5bn Powerball jackpot in January 2016.
Friday’s Mega Millions draw saw the first $1bn Mega Millions jackpot but again it ended in a rollover. The winning numbers were: 15-23-53-65-70 and the Mega Ball 07. Not the greatest of selections if using birthdays or anniversaries. That’s a popular method and it won Canadians Margaret and Gerald Stewart a $1.7m Lotto 6/49 top prize. Other ways to choose numbers include those found in fortune cookies. That’s how Ronnie Martin from Pennsylvania, USA, won a $1m Mega Millions windfall.
15 tickets matched the five main balls to become millionaires and were agonizingly just the Mega Ball away from winning the massive jackpot. 289 tickets matched four of the main balls and the Mega Ball to win $10,000, nearly three times as many winners as in the previous draw.
The jackpot hasn’t been won since a group of Californian bankers won $543m playing Mega Millions. Now the jackpot is going to be $1.6bn, which means in a week, the highest ever Mega Millions jackpot has increased by $1bn.
Looking at the numbers from the past few Mega Millions draws might help win the jackpot. There haven’t been any numbers in the 30s for the past three drawings, so perhaps one is due on Tuesday?
The highest main ball number is 70, that was introduced when changes were made to the Mega Millions draw last year. That’s come out in two of the last three draws so could perhaps be one to avoid on Tuesday. Only three of the last seven Mega Millions draws has had a single-digit number, maybe one or two will appear in the next draw.
As for the all-important Mega Ball, a number less than 07 is due. Only two of the last 13 draws have been below that number. Or perhaps 07 is the magic number as it’s been the Mega Ball twice in the last three draws, who knows?
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