Jackpot hits $1.55 billion, largest in history

With no Mega Millions jackpot winners since April, the lottery's grand prize has risen to nearly $1.55 billion following Friday's drawing, edging closer to additional all-time highs.


The Mega Millions jackpot is anticipated to be $1.55 billion, with a cash option of $757.2 million, which would be the highest payout in the lottery's history if won.


The jackpot has been increasing throughout the spring, when a $20 million award was won on April 18 in Syracuse, New York.


This year, five additional Mega Millions jackpots have been won, including a $1.348 billion haul in January, which was the second highest reward in the game's history.


The winning numbers in the most recent drawing, which took place on Friday, August 4, were 11, 30, 45, 52, and 56. The Mega Ball had a value of 20 and the Megaplier had a value of 2X.


Pick five numbers from 1 to 70 and one Mega Ball number from 1 to 25 to play. To have the terminal randomly select numbers for you, select Easy Pick or Quick Pick. By matching all six winning numbers in the drawing, you win the jackpot.


Match 5 $1 million winners were found in Louisiana, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Texas. 


It costs an additional $1 per play. Before each regular Mega Millions drawing, the Megaplier is drawn. From a pool of 15 balls, five are marked with "2X," three with "4X" and one with "5X." 


The estimated prize for the upcoming Mega Millions drawing is $1.55 billion, making it the highest payout in the lottery's history. Here are the other record-holders' positions:


In the current 2023 lottery, $1.550 billion is up for grabs. In October 2018, one winning ticket in South Carolina generated $1.537 billion. In January 2023, one winning ticket in Maine will generate $1.348 billion.