The prize has a cash value of $648.2 million, should the winner choose a lump-sum payment, according to a release from Mega Millions.
If won, the jackpot would only be behind the record-setting $1.537 billion won on Oct. 23, 2018. That prize, which went to a Mega Millions player who purchased their ticket in South Carolina, remains the world’s largest lottery prize ever won with a single ticket.
Managers in Horry County have seen an influx of Mega Millions tickets purchased. Players who have never played the lottery before are betting on their luck. Azelyn Young, the manager of Discount Tobacco and Beverages said when the Mega Millions isn’t this high, they normally sell about 20 tickets a day. That number has soared fivefold to more than a hundred tickets sold a day.
“Whenever they come up to the lottery register I’m like ‘you getting a Mega Millions ticket’ and they are like ‘how did you know,’” Young said.
Despite no one winning the current jackpot, there have been more than 28.1 million winning lottery tickets (at all prize levels) sold since the last jackpot was won in April, including 42 worth $1 million or more. The winning tickets for those million-dollar prizes were sold in 17 states, Mega Millions noted in its press release.
Mega Millions jackpots start at $20 million and grow based on game sales and interest rates. The odds of winning the jackpot are 1 in 302.5 million.
Tickets cost $2, but players in most jurisdictions can add the Megaplier for an additional $1 to multiply non-jackpot prizes.
Drawings take place at 11 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays.
The top Mega Millions jackpots to date are:
|$656 million||3/30/2012||3-IL, KS, MD|
|$648 million||12/17/2013||2-CA, GA|
Mega Millions is played in 45 states along with Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.