You feeling lucky, HollywoodLifers? The Mega Millions jackpot has reached a whopping $449 million, and you could take the whole purse home on July 5! Click through for details about the life-changing lottery!
Think about it: as of Tuesday, July 5, your biggest problem could be whether you’re taking your Maserati to dinner, or your private jet! The Mega Millions event on Friday, July 1 was the 33rd consecutive drawing to not produce a winner, meaning the jackpot just climbed to even more incredible heights. Click through to learn the facts about the Mega Millions game!
1. This is the 7th biggest jackpot of ALL TIME!
The $449 million purse makes it one of the largest jackpots of all time, in both Mega Millions and Powerball prizes. You could be swimming in it on Tuesday! Prior to that, the biggest Mega Millions prizes were $656 million prize awarded in March 2012, and $648 million awarded in December 2013.
2. The drawing happens at 11:00pm ET
Get this time drilled into your head: 11:00pm ET! That’s when the lucky numbers are drawn. That’s five while balls, and a yellow “Megaplier” ball; you have to get all six to win!
3. Mega Millions is played in 44 states, DC, and the Virgin Islands.
Almost anyone can play Mega Millions and get that chance to be incredibly, filthy rich. Unless you live in Nevada, Utah, Alaska, Hawaii, Mississippi or Alabama — sorry gang!
4. You can take the lump sum, or get paid out over 29 years if you win.
The cash amount of the $449 million purse is an estimated $313 million. Not too shabby! As with most lottery games, you have the option of taking the cash amount straight upfront, in one lump sum, or doling it out over a 29-years span. It’s up to you!
5. Tickets cost $1
It’s cheap to play Mega Millions, especially if you consider the fact that you could be setting yourself up for almost half a billion dollars! Tickets are $1 apiece, and can generally be found at any convenience store. Good luck!
HollywoodLifers, are you going to play the Mega Millions? Let us know in the comments!