Last night’s Mega Millions jackpot drawing yielded no winner for the 26th consecutive drawing to keep the dreams of lottery players around the world alive for a little while longer. With no winner since July, the Mega Millions jackpot has swelled to another record-setting high water mark of $1.6 billion.
Last night wasn’t a complete miss for everyone, though. Lottery officials have confirmed that 15 people were able to claim second tier prizes of $1 million each. However, the $904 million estimated lump sum payout absolutely dwarfs those prizes and will carry over to the next drawing on Tuesday, 23 October.
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The winning numbers last night were:
- Mega Ball 7
Where to Play Mega Millions Online
Mega Millions tickets can be purchased online in certain states for our US readers and from certain websites for our international readers. Here’s the deal for each.
If you live in the United States:
A handful of states now sell lottery tickets online through the official state lottery website. If you live in any of the following states, you can buy Mega Millions tickets individually or sign up for ticket subscriptions online:
Buy Mega Millions Tickets Online
Buy Subscriptions Online
If you live outside the United States:
Strangely enough, lottery players outside the United States have even more options to play Mega Millions online. The following lottery providers either send agents located in the United States to buy and scan actual tickets on your behalf or they allow you to bet on the outcome of the next drawing (with prizes that match the actual jackpot).
Important: The following sites DO NOT accept customers from the United States. We do not recommend foreign online lottery apps that accept US customers because they are unregulated and operate contrary to US law. If you live in the US, you should always buy Mega Millions tickets from official retailers or state-authorized lottery websites. The following websites are licensed by reputable licensing jurisdictions and do not accept USA customers.
- TheLotter: TheLotter was established in 2002 and holds a valid license from the Malta Gaming Authority. This is a long-running site that has paid out tens of millions to winners to date. See our review here. Does not accept customers from: USA, UK, Israel or Turkey.
- Jackpot.com: Jackpot.com offers lottery betting, not actual lottery tickets. However, prizes are matched in size to the official jackpot. More information can be found in our review here. Does not accept customers from: USA and some other countries; UK/Australian customers ARE accepted.
Big Weekend for Mega Millions and Powerball
The $1.6 billion Mega Millions jackpot is the biggest in world history, eclipsing the $1.586 billion Powerball jackpot that was split by three winners in 2016. Each winner in that drawing had the option to take a lump sum payout of $327.8 million before taxes.
Speaking of which, the current Powerball jackpot isn’t looking too bad itself. The current Powerball jackpot is sitting at $470 million with the next drawing happening tonight (October 20th). If you catch this post in time, you can buy tickets into both for a shot at an absurd $2 billion in total jackpots.
Between the $905 lump sum option for the current Mega Millions jackpot and the $286 million option for Powerball, that’s more than a billion dollars in actual lump sum payouts between the two.
Yes, the odds of one person winning both are infinitesimally low. There’s probably an interesting factoid for that having to do with buying a ticket for each every hour until the heat death of the universe, but let’s be honest with ourselves here: we wouldn’t even play the lottery in the first place if all it took were some measly long odds to scare us away.
It’s scary to even imagine what the combined jackpots will be if nobody wins the Powerball jackpot in tonight’s drawing… With both lotteries already combining for more than $1 billion in lump sum payouts, it won’t be surprising for Powerball see a massive swell in action alongside Mega Millions – especially if nobody wins the Powerball drawing this evening.
To recap, here’s what the weekend has in store for lottery players:
- Current Jackpot: $1.6 billion
- Estimated lump sum payout: $904 million
- Next drawing: Tuesday, 23 October at 10 PM CDT / 3 AM GMT
- Official website
- Current jackpot: $470 million
- Estimated lump sum payout: $286.6 million
- Next drawing: Tonight at 10:00 PM CDT / 3 AM GMT
- Next drawing after that: Wednesday, 24 October at 10 PM CDT / 3 AM GMT
- Official website