Undated - A brand new world record. None of the millions of tickets sold for Friday night’s Mega Millions drawing matched all the numbers and the result is a new world lottery jackpot record.
The grand prize had ballooned to $1-billion for the Friday drawing. It is now up to $1.6-billion, eclipsing a $1.586-billion Powerball jackpot that set the previous world record. The cash option for the current mega Millions game is nearly a billion dollars($905-million).
“Mega Millions has already entered historic territory, but it’s truly astounding to think that now the jackpot has reached an all-time world record,” said Gordon Medenica, Lead Director of the Mega Millions Group and Director of Maryland Lottery and Gaming. “It’s hard to overstate how exciting this is – but now it’s really getting fun.”
The last Mega Millions jackpot hit was in the drawing held July 24, 2018, when a group of 11 co-workers in California shared a $543 million prize.
The winning numbers for the October 19 drawing were the white balls 15, 23, 53, 65 and 70, plus the gold Mega Ball 7. While there was no jackpot winner on Friday, there were 15 second-tier winning tickets of at least $1 million, sold in California, Florida, Illinois (two), Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York (four), Texas (two, including one with the Megaplier for a $2 million prize) and Virginia (two). These tickets matched the five white balls but missed matching the Mega Ball.