(NEXSTAR) — With one other record-setting Mega Tens of millions jackpot brewing — officers estimate it at greater than $640 million forward of Friday’s drawing — chances are you’ll be seeking to attempt your luck on the grand prize. If you wish to improve your possibilities, chances are you’ll need to change the place you purchase your ticket.
Mega Tens of millions started in 1996 below the title “Huge Sport,” in accordance with the lottery recreation’s web site. On the time, simply six states participated: Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, and Virginia.
By 2002, the sport was renamed to Mega Tens of millions and grew to 10 taking part states. It will develop to 45 states by 2010. Mega Tens of millions is now performed in all however 5 states, plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Ten years in the past, Mega Tens of millions set the world report for the most important prize in any jackpot recreation at $656 million. Whereas that jackpot now ranks because the fourth-largest in Mega Tens of millions historical past, the present jackpot of $640 million isn’t far off.
This marks simply the sixth time the Mega Tens of millions jackpot has surpassed $600 million.
Except for 5 states that don’t take part, 18 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands have by no means bought a jackpot-winning Mega Tens of millions ticket, in accordance with recreation knowledge relationship again to 2002.
Right here’s the place a Mega Tens of millions jackpot ticket has by no means been bought:
|District of Columbia||Oklahoma|
|Louisiana||U.S. Virgin Islands|
Of those jurisdictions, two have by no means seen a Powerball jackpot win both.
Information present there are additionally a handful of states which have solely had one jackpot-winning ticket: Idaho, Kansas, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, South Carolina, and Wisconsin.
Extra jackpot-winning Mega Tens of millions tickets have been bought in New York than in some other state, with 39 since 2002. Two of these — a $106 million jackpot in 2015 and a $14 million jackpot in 2012 — had been gained by residents of New York and New Jersey.
California has seen the second-most Mega Tens of millions jackpots at 34 (together with a $502 jackpot cut up between tickets bought in San Jose and Fort Myers, Florida) adopted by New Jersey at 25.
Listed here are the states the place probably the most Mega Tens of millions jackpots have been hit:
- New York: 39
- California: 34
- New Jersey: 25
- Ohio: 20
- Michigan: 18
Of those 5 states, three have additionally had probably the most Powerball jackpot wins.
Beneath is an interactive map exhibiting what number of Mega Tens of millions jackpots every state has seen:
This yr, successful tickets have already been bought in six states: California (twice), Florida, Illinois (a record-setting win), Tennessee, Minnesota, and New York. However that does not imply these states could not win once more. In 2009, for instance, six of the 18 jackpot tickets had been bought in New York.
The following Mega Tens of millions drawing shall be held Friday at 11 p.m. ET. Your possibilities of successful the jackpot are 1 in 302,575,350, in accordance with Mega Tens of millions.
Mega Tens of millions tickets are $2 and there are a complete of 9 methods to win a prize.