NEW YORK (WABC) — The numbers for an estimated $1.35 billion Mega Millions jackpot have been drawn and now all hopeful players can do is wait until a possible winner is known.
The numbers drawn late Friday night were: 30, 43, 45, 46, 61 and Gold Mega Ball 14.
The jackpot is the second biggest in Mega Millions history!
The odds of winning a Mega Millions drawing are slim at one in nearly 303 million.
Don’t be put off by these odds. Friday the 13th is the day many play and win. So far, six people have won the lottery on a Friday the 13th.
Michigan was particularly lucky with the Mega Millions jackpots on Friday the 13th, winning four of them (June 2008, May 2011, June 2014 and October 2017). This 2017 jackpot was shared with a winner from Rhode Island. Other Friday the 13th jackpots were won in New York (March 2009) and Ohio (November 2015). None of them, however, came close in size to the estimated $1.35 billion up for grabs.
Although no one came out of Tuesday night’s draw a billionaire, three people won $3 million, including one in New York and another in Connecticut.
Residents of New York and New Jersey also held notes worth $1 million.
The last time anyone won the top prize was October 14. Since then, there have been 25 consecutive draws without anyone hitting the jackpot.
“So you’re 1,363 times more likely to be struck by lightning than to win the lottery,” said Professor Bruce Torff.
Torff said you’re also 27,000 times more likely to die in a plane crash or 1,210 times more likely to die from being hit by a meteorite than winning the lottery.
Here is an overview of the 10 biggest US jackpots that have been won and the states where the winning tickets were sold:
1. $2.04 billion, Powerball, Nov. 8, 2022 (one ticket, from California)
2. $1.586 billion, Powerball, Jan. 13, 2016 (three tickets, from California, Florida, 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, Jan. 22, 2021 (one ticket, from Michigan)
6. $768.4 million, Powerball, March 27, 2019 (one ticket, from Wisconsin)
7. $758.7 million, Powerball, Aug. 23, 2017 (one ticket, from Massachusetts)
8. $731.1 million, Powerball, Jan. 20, 2021 (one ticket, from Maryland)
9. $699.8 million, Powerball, Oct. 4, 2021 (one ticket, from California)
10. $687.8 million, Powerball, Oct. 27, 2018 (two tickets, from Iowa and New York)
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The credit for the recent big prizes is actually down to the math – and tougher odds.
In the fall of 2017, lottery officials approved changes to Mega Millions that dramatically increased the odds from one in 258.9 million to one in 302.6 million. They made similar changes to Powerball in October 2015, increasing the odds from 1 in 175.2 million to 1 in 292.2 million.
The idea was that by making jackpots less common, ticket revenue could accumulate week after week, creating giant prizes that would grab attention and attract more players who had become jaded by around 100 or 200 million of dollars.
In August 2021, Powerball also added a third weekly draw, which allowed the jackpot to roll and grow even faster as people were more likely to play and lose. Mega Millions stuck to two weekly draws.
Thanks to these movements, nine of the 10 biggest lottery prizes have been won since 2017.
Mega Millions is played in 45 states as well as Washington, DC and the US Virgin Islands.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
WATCH: New York State Lottery draws are live daily at 2:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. and Wednesdays and Saturdays at 8:15 p.m.
power ball the drawings are also broadcast here on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays at 10:59 p.m.
Mega Millions drawings are streamed on Tuesdays and Fridays at 11:00 p.m.
The New York Lottery is the largest and most profitable in North America, contributing billions of dollars to help support education in New York State.
Revenue is distributed to local school districts using the same statutory formula used to distribute other state aid for education. According to the New York Lottery, the formula takes into account both the size of a school district and its income level; larger, lower-income school districts receive proportionally larger shares of lottery school funding.
For more information about the New York Lottery and to view lottery results, please visit nylottery.ny.gov.
New Yorkers struggling with a gambling addiction, or who know someone who is, can find help by calling the state’s free and confidential HOPEline at 1-877-8-HOPENY ( 1-877-846-7369) or by texting HOPENY (467369). Standard SMS rates may apply.
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