Mega Millions jackpot jumps to a whopping $868M

A sign at a gas station shows the current record breaking $667 million U.S. Mega Millions jackpot in Encinitas California

Mega Millions Ticket Sold In San Francisco Matches 5 Of 6 Numbers

In the history of Mega Millions, 11 jackpots have been won in Maryland and nine won in Virginia since the first drawing took place in 2002. The winning numbers are 3, 45, 49, 61, 69, and 9, with a megaplier of 5. No ticket was sold that matched all six winning numbers, meaning the jackpot now climbs to $868 million.

Numbers have been drawn for the $667 million Mega Millions drawing.

PREVIOUS STORY: The total jackpot combined for Tuesday night's Mega Millions drawing and Wednesday night's Powerball drawing is $999,000,000.

The lottery prize is the largest-ever for Mega Millions and the country's second-highest on record, trailing a $1.586 billion Powerball jackpot that was paid out in 2016. California is just one of three states to exempt state income tax on lottery winnings. The cash option, which is favored by almost all winners, is $380 million.

There was no victor for Tuesday night's Mega Millions.

The jackpot had swelled because nobody has won since July 24. But cheer up! There are often secondary prizes to these huge drawings that can be worth millions of dollars, and a shocking amount of them go unclaimed - probably because people get too focused on the biggest possible way to win. The store received $1 million from Mega Millions for making the sale.

The average American spends about $223 per year on lottery tickets, according to a survey from LENDedu. North Dakotans are on the opposite end of the spectrum, spending about $44 per year on the lottery, or the lowest average figure among residents of all 50 states.

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