Mega Millions lottery jackpot now tops $1 billion after no one wins again

A giant Mega Millions lottery the jackpot soared to $1.02 billion ($1.47 billion) after no one matched all six numbers to win the top prize.

The estimated new jackpot will be the fourth largest lottery prize in the country.

The jackpot has become so big because no one has matched the game’s six selected numbers since April 15. After Tuesday night’s draw (Wednesday AEST), it’s been 29 consecutive draws without a big winner.

Mike Boyle displays the Mega Millions lottery quick picks he purchased on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli) (AP)

Tuesday’s numbers were: 7, 29, 60, 63 and 66 with the Mega Ball 15.

The prize is for winners who choose the annuity option, paid annually over 30 years. Most winners opt for the cash option, which for the upcoming Friday night draw is estimated at $602.5 million ($869.13 million).

The biggest Mega Millions jackpot was $1.537 billion on Oct. 23, 2018, for a ticket sold in South Carolina, the lottery said.

A $1.05 billion jackpot was won by a group of four players in Michigan on January 22, 2021.

Powerball holds the record for the biggest giveaway ever with a jackpot of $1.586 billion in January 2016.

The odds of winning the jackpot are 1 in 302.5 million.

Mega Millions is played in 45 states as well as Washington, DC and the US Virgin Islands. The game is coordinated by state lotteries.

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Nancy Linares, left, and Prince Joseph Israel fill out Mega Millions play slips at Blue Bird Liquor in Hawthorne, Calif. (AP)

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