There is so much interest in tonight’s Mega Millions jackpot that the estimated top prize has been increased to $1.0 billion ($739.6 million cash)! It’s only the third time in history that a lotto jackpot has hit that incredible milestone. It comes after continuing to roll since last won in Wisconsin on September 15, the longest jackpot run ever for the game at 37 drawings.
If the Mega Millions jackpot is won on January 22, it would be the third largest lotto prize ever, below only two jackpots exceeding $1.5 billion – the world record Powerball jackpot of $1.586 billion (January 13, 2016) and the current Mega Millions record of $1.537 billion (October 23, 2018). The latter prize is the world’s largest won on a single ticket, as the record Powerball jackpot was shared by three winning tickets.
There were five Mega Millions jackpot winners in 2020, with two states getting their first-ever jackpot win in the game: Arizona, which took the largest prize of the year at $414 million on June 9, and Wisconsin, where a lucky winner won $120 million on September 15. Two 2020 jackpots were won in New Jersey: $202 million on February 11 and $123 million on July 24. And on July 31, a California winner took home a $22 million prize.
The top Mega Millions jackpots to date:
Amount Date Winning Tickets
$1.537 billion 10/23/2018 1-SC
$970 million (est) 1/22/2021 ?
$656 million 3/30/2012 3-IL, KS, MD
$648 million 12/17/2013 2-CA, GA
$543 million 7/24/2018 1-CA
$536 million 7/8/2016 1-IN
$533 million 3/30/2018 1-NJ
$522 million 6/7/2019 1-CA
$451 million 1/5/2018 1-FL
$437 million 1/1/2019 1-NY