With a few numbers and a whole lot of luck, someone could start the new year $425 million richer. The Mega Millions jackpot on Tuesday is the eighth largest in its history and just the fifth drawing on New Year’s Day. The winning numbers: 34, 44, 57, 62, 70 and Mega Ball 14.
The cash option is $254.6 million. A winner has claimed the jackpot on New Year’s Day only once, in 2008.
The lotto prize hit a record $1.537 billion in October, but the buyer of the one winning ticket sold in South Carolina has not come forward yet. It was the world’s largest lottery prize ever won on a single ticket.
To win the Mega Millions jackpot, players pick six numbers from two separate pools of numbers – five different numbers from 1 to 70 and one number from 1 to 25 – or select Easy Pick or Quick Pick.
Mega Millions is played in 44 states, Washington, D.C., and the Virgin Islands. Tickets cost $2 each.
$1.537 billion on Oct. 23, 2018, one winner in South Carolina
$656 million on March 30, 2012, three winners in Illinois, Kansas and Maryland
$648 million on Dec. 17, 2013, two winners in California and Georgia
$543 million on July 24, 2018, one winner in California
$536 million on July 8, 2016, one winner in Indiana
$533 million on March 30, 2018, one winner in New Jersey
$451 million on Jan. 5, 2018, one winner in Florida
$425 million estimated for Jan. 1, 2019, drawing
$414 million on March 18, 2014, two winners in Florida and Maryland
$393 million on Aug. 11, 2017, one winner in Illinois