Mega Millions Lottery Drawing Surges to $363M: A Golden Chance for Fortune Seekers


The anticipation continues to build for the Mega Millions lottery as Tuesday’s drawing now boasts a staggering jackpot of $363 million. Players were filled with hope on Friday evening, but the drawing concluded without any lucky individual claiming the colossal $331 million prize. The winning numbers had been keenly awaited for the 11 p.m. ET draw, with the prize beneath the winning combination being a life-changing amount of cash.

The lottery’s rules stipulated that the fortunate winner of Friday’s $331 million jackpot could have opted for the cash option, walking away with a cool $152.2 million. Friday’s seizure of desperation vividly echoes an event from March when a New Jersey resident pocketed the substantial sum of $1.13 billion, the first Mega Millions jackpot of the year.

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To fill you in on the suspense that circled previous Friday’s drawing, here are the winning numbers: 13 – 22 – 26 – 32 – 65 with the Megaball being 18. The Megaplier for the draw was 4X.

In the mood for the next be in line for a million-dollar dance? Then brace yourselves, avid Mega Millions players, Tuesday’s drawing might just be the golden chance as the jackpot has escalated to an estimated $363 million. However, it’s important to note that Friday’s drawing did not witness any Match 5 or Match 5 + Megaplier winners.

For the unacquainted, here’s a little crash course on how to play the Mega Millions. First off, secure yourself a ticket from your local convenience store, gas station, or grocery store. Some states also offer online ticket purchases for extra ease and comfort. As for the game rules, you need to select six numbers; five of them would be white balls numbered from 1 to 70, and the golden Mega Ball number which lies between 1 and 25.

Feeling a bit unsure or overwhelmed with picking the numbers yourself? Fret not, just ask for a “Quick Pick” or an “Easy Pick,” and the computer will randomly choose the numbers for you. You can also opt for the “Megaplier” for an additional dollar. This option can enhance your non-grand prize winnings by up to five times. The Megaplier number is drawn before the main Mega Millions numbers on Tuesday and Friday with the following choices: 2X(five balls), 3X(six balls), 4X(three balls), 5X(one ball).

Remaining fully digital, Jackpocket, the official digital lottery courier of the USA TODAY Network facilitates the purchase of tickets online for residents of Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Puerto Rico, Texas, Washington, D.C., and West Virginia. With their user-friendly app, you can choose your game and numbers, place the order, and potentially, collect your winnings, all from the comfort of your own phone or home computer.