By Peter Martinez CBS News October 16, 2018, 9:15 PM Mega Millions' largest jackpot ever up for grabs: $667 million
The Mega Millions jackpot for Tuesday night's drawing has grown to the largest in the game's history, now at at whopping $667 million. According to Mega Millions, it's the third-highest lottery jackpot in U.S. history. The estimated cash value, if you're lucky enough to match all six numbers, is $380 million.
The jackpot has ballooned upward because nobody has won the jackpot since July 24, when a group of 11 co-workers in Santa Clara County, California, split a $543 million prize.
If the winner chooses the annuity option, the jackpot would be paid out over 29 years. The cash option is usually favored by nearly all winners.
Mega Millions says the previous record jackpot was a $656 million prize that was shared by winners from Kansas, Illinois and Maryland in March 2012.
If there is no jackpot winner in tonight's Mega Millions drawing, the estimated annuity value for the Friday, Oct. 19 drawing will roll to $868 million, with an estimated cash value of $495 million.
How to play Mega Millions
Mega Millions tickets cost $2 per play and there are a total of nine ways to win a prize, ranging from the jackpot down to $2. You can play Mega Millions in 46 localities: 44 states plus the Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
If nobody matches all Mega Millions numbers Tuesday
If no jackpot winner emerges from Tuesday night's drawing, the estimated annuity value for Friday, Oct. 19's drawing will increase to $868 million, with an estimated cash value of $495 million.
Powerball jackpot Wednesday
The Powerball jackpot up for grabs Wednesday night will be a cool $345 million, with a cash value of $199 million.
The largest jackpot in Mega Millions history was a $656 million prize that was shared by winners from Kansas, Illinois and Maryland in March 2012.
The largest Powerball jackpot was $1.586 billion, which was shared by winners in California, Florida and Tennessee in January 2016.
Odds of winning
The odds of winning a jackpot remain abysmal at 1 in 258.9 million for Mega Millions and 1 in 292.2 million for Powerball.
Who buys lotto tickets?
The average American spends about $223 per year on lottery tickets, according to a survey from LENDedu. Massachusetts residents have the biggest taste for playing the odds, spending almost $763 per year on lottery tickets, the study found. North Dakotans are on the opposite end of the spectrum, spending about $44 per year on the lottery, or the lowest average figure among residents of all 50 states.
Aimee Picchi contributed to this report.