(NEXSTAR) – The Mega Millions jackpot is re-entering record territory after another drawing with no top prize winners.
No ticket matched all six numbers drawn on Friday night (15, 21, 32, 38, 62 and Mega Ball 8) and the jackpot was sent from 510 million dollars to the estimated 565 million dollars (or a cash option of $293.6 million). It is now the sixth-largest jackpot in the game’s history and only the 11th to break the half-billion mark, Mega Millions confirmed.
The current jackpot is also “the largest Mega Millions jackpot ever offered in the last week of any calendar year,” according to the latest Mega Millions press release.
The top prize has been growing steadily since October after two ticket holders in California and Florida matched all six numbers to split the $502 million jackpot. Since then, no one has been able to match all six numbers from any drawing, although dozens have won second-tier prizes of $1 million or more.
The current jackpot, however, pales in comparison to the $1.337 billion jackpot awarded to the couple earlier this year friends in Illinois who entered into a preliminary agreement on the division of all the prizes won.
The Mega Millions prize has only topped the $1 billion mark twice: in 2021, when it reached $1.050 billion; and in 2018 to 1.537 billion dollars is the largest Mega Millions jackpot ever awarded.
The next Mega Millions drawing is scheduled for Tuesday, December 27.