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What are the winning numbers for Tuesday’s $315 million Mega Millions jackpot?

After a whopper of a jackpot in August of $1.6 billion, the Mega Millions prize is climbing back up, with $315 million waiting for a winner tonight.

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Tuesday's winning Mega Millions numbers

Mega Millions had a sensational $1.58 billion winner at the beginning of August. It beat the previous record of $1.54 billion set in October 2018. In the lottery’s 27-year history, the top prize has risen above the $1 billion mark just five times.

Although the jackpot reset after that, the prize is now worth nine figures at $315 million.

What are the winning numbers for Tuesday, 3 October?

The numbers for the Mega Millions draw are 3-19-32-39-59, and the Mega Ball is 24. The MEGAPLIER is 3X.

What are the biggest Mega Millions jackpots ever?

The 8 August 2023 jackpot was only the fifth to have exceeded the $1 billion mark in Mega Millions history, and at $1.58 billion became the biggest to be won since the lottery began.

Acertar seis números no es la única forma de ganar dinero en Mega Millions. Descubre cuánto dinero te toca si tienes 1, 2 o 3 números acertados.
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“There’s always an air of excitement around the country when Mega Millions jackpots soar,” Gretchen Corbin, the lead director of the Mega Millions Consortium, said. “The growing jackpot is a source of entertainment and winnings for players while generating important dollars for the good causes supported by each lottery.”

The second-largest ever Mega Millions jackpot win was in October 2018, when a player in South Carolina claimed a $1.537 billion prize.

At a glance: the five $1bn-plus Mega Millions jackpots

  • $1.58 billion: won on 8 August 2023
  • $1.537 billion: won on 23 October 2018
  • $1.348 billion: won on 13 January 2023
  • $1.337 billion: won on 29 July 2022
  • $1.05 billion: won on 22 January 2021

Mega Millions: how to play

A ticket costs $2. To play, you have to choose six numbers from two separate pools: five ‘white’ numbers between 1 and 70, plus a ‘Mega Ball’ number from 1 to 25. To secure the jackpot, all six numbers must match those that are drawn.

Jackpot winners can receive their money in annual installments (the annuity option) or as a lump sum (the cash option). While annuity recipients get the jackpot in full, those who opt to be paid up front are given a smaller sum. Winnings are pre-tax amounts.

Smaller cash prizes are also available for players who correctly guess some, but not all, of the numbers drawn. In some states, players can pay an extra $1 to multiply non-jackpot winnings by two, three, four or five times, depending on the ‘Megaplier’ number selected before the draw itself.

Mega Millions: prizes and odds of winning

  • Five balls and the Mega Ball – jackpot (1 in 302,575,350 chance)
  • Five balls - $1,000,000 (1 in 12,607,306)
  • Four balls and the Mega Ball - $10,000 (1 in 931,001)
  • Four balls - $500 (1 in 38,792)
  • Three balls and the Mega Ball – $200 (1 in 14,547)
  • Three balls - $10 (1 in 606)
  • Two balls and the Mega Ball - $10 (1 in 693)
  • One ball and the Mega Ball - $4 (1 in 89)
  • The Mega Ball - $2 (1 in 37)

Where in the US can you play Mega Millions?

Tickets are sold in every state in the US except Alabama, Alaska, Hawaii, Nevada and Utah. You can also play in the District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands. Mega Millions draws are held every Tuesday and Friday at 11 p.m. ET/ 8 p.m. PT.

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