The Mega Millions drawing set for tonight (August 8) is about to make history. The potential jackpot prize is currently estimated at a whopping $1.55 billion, surpassing the previous record of $1.537 billion bagged by a lucky South Carolinian back in October 2018.
Tonight’s drawing goes off at 11.
This latest surge in jackpot size comes after no winning ticket was found in Friday’s drawing, which featured the numbers 11, 30, 45, 52, and 56, in addition to the gold Mega Ball 20. Mega Millions officials and fans are on the edge of their seats as the date approaches, but a reminder: predicting the exact amount for such enormous jackpots is no easy task.
Georgia Lottery’s President and CEO, Gretchen Corbin, says, “Watching Mega Millions grow is super exciting.”
Biggest Jackpot in Mega Millions History
In the 31 drawings since New York’s jackpot victory on April 18, more than 36.6 million winning tickets were distributed across various non-jackpot prize levels. Just last Friday, 5,331,114 tickets bagged prizes! A notable mention goes to nine tickets that matched the five white balls, two of which, sold in Michigan and Tennessee, doubled their win to $2 million each, thanks to the optional Megaplier.
By the way, if you’re wondering, this year has already crowned six jackpot victors in less than four months. The standout winner claimed a generous $1.348 billion in Maine on January 13. New York, not to be outdone, celebrated two consecutive wins, a first in Mega Millions history.
Mega Millions has handed out four jackpots surpassing $1 billion since 2018.