The Mega Millions jackpot has crossed $1 billion for the third time in history.
The American lottery game was launched in 2002, it reached 1.537 billion dollars in October 2018 and 1.050 billion dollars in January 2021.
No one won the $810 million jackpot in the Tuesday night (July 26) raffle, which means that’s all there is to play for the Friday night raffle on July 29.
All you have to do is match those 6 winning numbers, but what time do they stop selling Mega Millions tickets? Read on to find out…
Mega Millions Cut Time Ticket
You can buy Mega Millions tickets up to 15 minutes before the draw on Tuesday and Friday at 11 PM ET. Therefore, tickets can be purchased as long as 10:45 PMAnd the
Tickets cost $2 and can be purchased in 47 regions, including 45 states, the District of Columbia, and the US Virgin Islands.
For your chance to win the $1.02 billion jackpot on Friday, all you have to do is buy tickets on Mega Millions or at select stores before 10:45 PM.
The easiest way to purchase tickets is to select your state by visiting the Mega Millions website, which will take you to the respective ticket purchase website.
How to play Mega Millions
To play Mega Millions, you need to choose five numbers from 1 to 70 and a Mega Ball number from 1 to 25.
You can pick the numbers yourself or pick them at random, then they are entered into your $2 ticket.
To win the jackpot, you’ll need to match all six winning numbers – but there are many other ways to win the jackpot for just $2.
For example, if you only match a Mega Ball, you will win $2, while matching four regular numbers will win you $500.
Most states also offer a Megaplier option that costs an extra $1 and increases non-jackpot prizes by 2, 3, 4, or 5 times, depending on which Megaplier is drawn.
Find out more about all the ways to win and how to play here.
Claim the grand prize
If you are lucky enough to match all 6 numbers and win the jackpot, there are two different ways to get the money.
If you wish, you can choose a one-time payout and a lump sum equal to all cash in the Mega Millions Jackpot prize pool.
Or, there is also an annuity option which means the grand prize is paid in one immediate payment followed by 29 annual payments.
Each payment is 5% larger than previous payments and Mega Millions believes “helps protect winners’ lifestyles and purchasing power in times of inflation.”
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