The Mega Millions jackpot has hit it’s second largest ever, $400 million! The game’s largest ever jackpot was paid out in March 2012 to three separate ticket holders that successfully matched all the numbers required to split the $656 million top prize.
It is thought that the current jackpot has reached the level it’s at now due to game changes that took place in October 2013, increasing the main ball pool, but decreasing the Mega ball pool. These changes were designed to make jackpots increase larger and faster, and as you can see, this plan has worked. The previous draw had an advertised jackpot of $344 million, after rolling over a total of 19 times, however, after no tickets managed to win the jackpot again, the rollover count has reached 20, boasting an incredible $400m for Friday’s drawing.
The last time the jackpot was won was Tuesday October 1st, when one ticket holder from Maryland scooped the entire $189 million jackpot. If the Mega Millions rolls over only a couple more times, it could be well on it’s way to beating it’s own record!
For players wanting to know which numbers to pick for the $400m draw, you can use any of the Mega Millions Statistics (www.lottonumbers.net). Here are a few of the most handy stats that you may use to pick your numbers, none of these numbers are guaranteed to be drawn, they are simply statistical analysis of previous drawings.
Mega Millions Statistics
Here are a few Mega Millions Statistics that are accurate at the time of writing (December 12, 2013)
Most Common Mega Millions numbers:
- Main Numbers – 4, 5, 48, 39, 2
- Megaball Numbers – 3, 1, 8, 15, 7
As you can see, none of the Megaball numbers exceed 15, this is because the game changes on October 22nd reduced the megaball pool, allowing for only one of 15 numbers to be drawn.
Most Overdue Mega Millions numbers:
- Main Numbers – 08, 55, 34, 26, 46
As you can see, number 08 is the most overdue Mega Millions number, last being drawn on August 2nd, 2013.
Mega Millions Odds
So, what are the odds of winning the Mega Millions? – The odds of winning any prize are a rather impressive 1 in 15, while the odds of matching the mega ball alone are 1 in 21. The odds of winning the jackpot are 1 in 258,890,850, this is somewhat larger than the odds of winning the Powerball jackpot (1 in 175,223,510), however, at the time of writing, the estimated Mega Millions jackpot is 10x the size of Powerball!
How would you spend $400 million if you won tomorrow night’s Mega Millions? Leave your suggestions in the comments below.