Mega Millions drawing surpasses $700 million
The next Mega Millions drawing will take place Tuesday, January 3, since no ticket matched all six numbers drawn Friday, December 28.
The jackpot is up to $785 million, which translates to $395 million in cash.
There have been only three previous occasions where the Mega Millions jackpot went beyond $700 million, and all three instances saw the jackpot continue past $1 billion.
The game's first-ever billion-dollar jackpot, and the largest Mega Millions jackpot yet, was won on October 23, 2018, in South Carolina, where the winner took home a 1.537 billion dollar prize.
In July of 2022, a third billion-dollar ticket was purchased by a contestant in Illinois, who won a $1.337 billion prize. In January 2021, a player in Michigan won a 1.050 billion dollar prize.
The next Mega Millions drawing takes place Tuesday, January 3, at 11 p.m.