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Mega Millions Jackpot Climbs to $289 Million After No Winner in Latest Drawing

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Jan 21, 2024

The Mega Millions jackpot continues to climb after no ticket matched all six numbers in the latest drawing on Friday, January 19th. The jackpot now stands at an estimated $289 million for the next drawing on Tuesday, January 23rd.

Winning Numbers for January 19th Drawing

The winning numbers for the January 19th drawing were:

8, 20, 21, 30, 52 and Mega Ball 3

The Megaplier was 2x

While no ticket matched all six numbers, there were some smaller prizes won:

  • One $1 million winning ticket was sold in New Jersey at ShopRite of Glassboro in Gloucester County
  • One $20,000 ticket matching four numbers plus Megaplier was sold in Georgia
  • 238,740 tickets nationwide won $500 or more by matching at least three numbers

The New Jersey Lottery confirmed that the $1 million ticket was the only major prize sold in the state. The identity of the winner has not yet been released.

Mega Millions Fever Grips the Nation

As the jackpots continue to roll without a winner, Mega Millions fever is gripping the nation. Long lines have been reported at lottery retailers as players try their luck at winning millions.

The game has been on a major roll since someone in Maine won a $1.35 billion jackpot last July. There have been dozens of million dollar winners since but the elusive grand prize continues to build.

Some key facts about the game:

  • Odds of winning jackpot: 1 in 302.6 million
  • Overall odds of winning any prize: 1 in 24
  • Tickets cost $2, with option to add Megaplier for extra $1
  • Jackpots start at $20 million, grow based on sales
  • Drawings held Tuesdays and Fridays at 11 pm EST

Recent Close Calls

While no one has hit the full jackpot since July, there have been some near misses adding to the excitement:

  • On January 17th, two tickets sold in North Carolina and South Carolina were just one number away from the $208 million prize
  • A ticket sold in California on December 30th was only missing the Mega Ball for the $785 million jackpot

Having tickets come so close in recent drawings has only added to the fervor across the country.

What Would You Do With $289 Million?

With almost $300 million up for grabs, many dreamers are fantasizing about what they would do with a jackpot win:

  • Travel the world in luxury
  • Quit jobs and live off the interest
  • Buy mansions, supercars and yachts
  • Help out friends and donate to charity

Of course, after federal and any state taxes, the cash value would be substantially lower than the advertised amount. For the current $289 million, the winner could take a lump sum of $159.5 million. That’s still an incredible amount of money that would change someone’s life in an instant!

While we all dream, the reality is the odds are infinitesimally small we’ll ever collect such a prize. But someone always wins eventually!

Will The Jackpot Keep Growing?

If there is no winner on Tuesday, January 23rd, models estimate the jackpot could grow to $325 million or more for the next drawing on Friday the 26th. However, jackpots rarely get much higher than this before some lucky ticket matches the results.

It will likely be hit within the next 2-3 drawings according to most experts. But no one truly knows when lady luck will shine on a fortunate ticketholder.

Drawing Date Estimated Jackpot
Tuesday, January 23rd $289 million
Friday, January 26th $325+ million*

*estimated based on sales and no winner

With a dream of instant vast riches, millions of hopefuls will try their luck on Tuesday night. We will bring you the results and any winner details as soon as numbers are drawn. Could the multi-month roll finally end with a single ticket hitting the almost unbelievable odds? Stay tuned to find out!

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