Mega Millions Drawing: Jackpot soars to over $1.3B after no big winner Tuesday night

NEW YORK (WABC) — The Mega Millions jackpot has grown again after no one hit the jackpot in Tuesday night’s drawing.

It will go on sale Friday night for an estimated $1.35 billion. This is the second largest jackpot in Mega Millions history.

Although no one drew a billionaire Tuesday night, three people won $3 million, including someone in New York and another in Connecticut.

People in New York and New Jersey also had $1 million worth of tickets.

Here are Tuesday night’s winning numbers: 15, 13, 7, 18, 14 with Megaball 9.

This jackpot was the fifth largest lottery win in US history.

The longer nobody wins the top prize, of course, it gets bigger and bigger.

The last time someone beat odds of 1 in 302.6 million to win the jackpot was on October 14th. Since then there have been 25 consecutive draws without anyone hitting the jackpot.

A statistician at Hofstra University said you have a nearly one in 303 million chance of actually winning the jackpot.

“So you’re 1,363 times more likely to be struck by lightning than you are to win the lottery,” said Professor Bruce Torff.

You’re also 27,000 times more likely to die in a plane crash or 1,210 times more likely to die from a meteorite than hitting the lottery, Torff said.

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Here’s a look at the 10 biggest US jackpots won and the countries where the winning tickets were sold:

1. $2.04 billion, Powerball, November 8, 2022 (one ticket, from California)

2. $1.586 billion, Powerball, January 13, 2016 (three tickets, from California, Florida and Tennessee)

3. $1.537 billion, Mega Millions, October 23, 2018 (one ticket, from South Carolina)

4. $1.337 billion, Mega Millions, July 29, 2022 (one ticket, from Illinois)

5. $1.05 billion, Mega Millions, January 22, 2021 (one ticket, from Michigan)

6. $768.4 million, Powerball, March 27, 2019 (one ticket, from Wisconsin)

7. $758.7 million, Powerball, August 23, 2017 (one ticket, from Massachusetts)

8. $731.1 million, Powerball, January 20, 2021 (one ticket, from Maryland)

9. $699.8 million, Powerball, October 4, 2021 (one ticket, from California)

10. $687.8 million, Powerball, October 27, 2018 (two tickets, from Iowa and New York)

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Credit for recent big wins is actually down to math — and tougher odds.

In the fall of 2017, lottery officials approved changes to the Mega Millions that significantly increased the odds from one in 258.9 million to one in 302.6 million. In October 2015, they made similar changes to Powerball, lowering the odds from one in 175.2 million to one in 292.2 million.

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The idea was that week-to-week ticket revenue would increase if jackpots became less frequent, creating giant prizes that would attract attention and attract more players who hit the blasé of around $100 million or $200 million of the main prizes.

In August 2021, Powerball also added a third weekly drawing, which allowed the jackpot to increase and grow even faster as people had more chances to play and lose. Mega Millions has insisted on two weekly drawings.

Thanks to these moves, nine of the 10 biggest lottery wins since 2017 have been hit.

Mega Millions is played in 45 states, as well as in Washington, DC, and the US Virgin Islands.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

WATCH: New York State Lottery draws live daily at 2.30pm and 10.30pm and Wednesdays and Saturdays at 8.15pm

Powerball you can also watch the drawings here on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday at 22:59

Mega millions drawings are shown on Tuesdays and Fridays at 11:00 p.m

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The New York Lottery is the largest and most profitable in North America, contributing billions of dollars to support education in New York State.

Revenue is distributed to local school districts using the same statutory formula used to distribute other state aid to education. According to the New York Lottery, the formula takes into account both school district size and income level; larger, lower-income school districts receive proportionally larger shares of School Lottery funding.

For more information about the New York Lottery and to view lottery results, visit

New Yorkers struggling with a gambling addiction or who know someone who is can get help by calling the state’s toll-free, confidential HOPENY line at 1-877-8-HOPENY (1-877-846-7369) or text HOPENY ( 467369). Standard text rates may apply.


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