Mega Millions rises to $548M: The third largest jackpot in Mega Millions history

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There was no winner of Mega Millions jackpot for the drawing held on October 9. That means the drawing on Friday, October 12 will be worth $548 million with a cash option of $309.2 million. It was the third largest jackpot in Mega Millions history.

The winning numbers for October 9 are the white balls 20, 22, 39, 54 and 60, plus the gold Mega Ball 18.

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The jackpot has been growing since it was last won on July 24, and for the 22nd consecutive drawing there were no tickets matching all six numbers drawn.

The jackpot is closing in on the record prize for the game, a whopping $656 million shared by winners in Illinois, Kansas and Maryland on March 30, 2012. Just behind that was a $648 million pot won in California and Georgia on December 17, 2013.

A California office pool of 11 co-workers shared the July 24 jackpot of $543 million, which is the largest prize ever won on a single ticket in the game. Three other jackpots have been won this year – $451 million on January 5 (Florida), $533 million on March 30 (New Jersey), and $142 million on May 4 (Ohio).

There were plenty of winners Tuesday night even as the jackpot remains elusive. Four tickets matched the five white balls to win the game’s second prize; they were sold in California, Colorado, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. Thirty-seven tickets matched four white balls plus the Mega Ball for the $10,000 third prize; five of those are actually worth $30,000 each because they included the optional Megaplier (available in most states for an extra $1 purchase), which was 3x Tuesday night.

In total, there were 1,494,695 winning tickets at all prize levels in the October 9 drawing. In this current jackpot run, there have been more than 14.8 million winning tickets at all prize levels, including 24 worth $1 million or more.

The top Mega Millions jackpots to date:

Amount
Date
Winning Tickets
$656 million 3/30/2012 3-IL, KS, MD
$648 million 12/17/2013 2-CA, GA
$548 million (est) 10/12/2018 ?
$543 million 7/24/2018 1-CA
$536 million 7/8/2016 1-IN
$533 million 3/30/2018 1-NJ
$451 million 1/5/2018 1-FL
$414 million 3/18/2014 2-FL, MD
$393 million 8/11/2017 1-IL
$390 million 3/6/2007 2-GA, NJ

Mega Millions is offered in 43 US States, in the District of Colombia and in the U.S Virgin Islands. Players around the world can play US Mega Millions online outside US via lottery messenger service sites with tickets cost $5 each.

To avoid online scams be sure that the site you are using is legitimate. For a comparison of three online retailers already reviewed by InternationalLottery.org read here.

Can Foreigners Win Mega Millions?

  •  Yes, foreign citizens can legally win Mega Millions. 
  • The tax for a non-US citizen is a flat 30% of the winnings.
  • Additional tax treaties may also apply depending on your citizenship.

   Play US Mega Millions

Please read HOW TO PLAY US MEGA MILLIONS FROM OUTSIDE THE US to be introduced step by step and avoid risks when you buy lotto tickets online.

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