The Mega Millions jackpot continues to grow, becoming the fourth largest in the game’s history after no winner was announced in the latest drawing which was estimated at $685 million.
“The jackpot keeps rolling after no ticket matched all six numbers drawn Friday night – the white balls 1, 3, 6, 44 and 51, plus the gold Mega Ball 7,” the organizer said in a statement Saturday.
The prize has soared to $785 million for the first drawing of the new year on Tuesday night. It comes with a $395 million cash option.
“On only three previous occasions has the Mega Millions jackpot gone beyond $700 million, and all three times those rolls continued on past $1 billion,” the statement from Mega Millions explained.
The largest-ever Mega Millions jackpot — $1.537 billion — was won by a single person in South Carolina on October 23, 2018.
The third-largest jackpot in the game’s history was sold earlier this year.
On July 29, two ticket holders in Illinois won $1.337 billion on a Mega Millions ticket they purchased at a Des Plaines gas station.
The jackpot — which is played in 45 states in addition to Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands — was last won on October 14.
Two tickets — one from California and another from Florida — hit all six numbers to win the $502 million prize.