Powerball Crosses $100M, Mega Millions Over $200M As New Lottery Week Begins

Eric Raskin

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There’s a still long way to go to match the jackpot fever of about a month ago, when Mega Millions and Powerball were both riding long dry streaks into the rarified air of billion-dollar jackpots. But after a weekend without any grand prize winners, both draw lotteries are starting the new week in the nine-figure club.

For Monday night’s drawing, the Powerball estimated jackpot is at $115 million for the annuity payment option, with a lump-sum cash value estimated at $53.1 million.

Mega Millions, meanwhile, has an estimated jackpot of $202 million for Tuesday night, with a cash option of $91.3 million.

Weekend results

Since a $1.33 billion Powerball win in Oregon on April 6, the game has gone six drawings without a perfect six-for-six match, the latest coming Saturday night. The winning numbers were 4, 35, 41, 44, and 58, with a red Powerball of 25.

Two players — one in Ohio, one in Puerto Rico — won $1 million for matching everything but the Powerball. Neither of them paid an extra dollar for the Power Play, which was 3x and would have bumped their pre-tax winnings to $3 million.

The Mega Millions winless streak is one draw longer, with Friday’s drawing bringing it to seven straight since a $1.13 billion win in New Jersey on March 26. Friday’s winning numbers were 19, 30, 34, 46, and 58, with a yellow Mega Ball of 3.

One player in Florida matched all five white balls but not the Mega Ball to earn a million dollars before taxes. The Megaplier here also landed on 3x but the Floridian didn’t play it.

Powerball draws three times a week (Monday, Wednesday, Saturday) and Mega Millions two times (Tuesday, Friday). Tickets for either lottery cost $2 (for now) and can be purchased in 45 states (all but Alabama, Alaska, Hawaii, Nevada, and Utah), as well as in Washington, D.C., the U.S. Virgin Islands, and, for Powerball only, Puerto Rico. The multiplier options for an additional $1 are available in some, but not all, jurisdictions.

The odds of winning the Powerball jackpot are 1 in 292.2 million, while the Mega Millions grand prize odds are 1 in 302.6 million.

All-Time Biggest Jackpots

Here a list of the all-time top 10 U.S. lottery jackpots:

  1. $2.04 billion, Powerball, Nov. 7, 2022, won in California
  2. $1.76 billion, Powerball, Oct. 11, 2023, won in California
  3. $1.6 billion, Mega Millions, Aug. 8, 2023, won in Florida
  4. $1.59 billion, Powerball, Jan. 13, 2016, won in California, Florida, and Tennessee
  5. $1.54 billion, Mega Millions, Oct. 23, 2018, won in South Carolina
  6. $1.35 billion, Mega Millions, Jan. 13, 2023, won in Maine
  7. $1.34 billion, Mega Millions, July 29, 2022, won in Illinois
  8. $1.33 billion, Powerball, April 6, 2024, won in Oregon
  9. $1.13 billion, Mega Millions, March 26, 2024, won in New Jersey
  10. $1.08 billion, Powerball, July 19, 2023, won in California

And here’s the all-time top 10 by lump-sum cash value:

  1. $997.6 million, Powerball, Nov. 7, 2022, won in California
  2. $983.5 million, Powerball, Jan. 13, 2016, won in California, Florida, and Tennessee
  3. $877.8 million, Mega Millions, Oct. 23, 2018, won in South Carolina
  4. $794.2 million, Mega Millions, Aug. 8, 2023, won in Florida
  5. $780.5 million, Mega Millions, July 29, 2022, won in Illinois
  6. $776.6 million, Mega Millions, Jan. 22, 2021, won in Michigan
  7. $774.1 million, Powerball, Oct. 11, 2023, won in California
  8. $723.5 million, Mega Millions, Jan. 13, 2023, won in Maine
  9. $621 million, Powerball, April 6, 2024, won in Oregon
  10. $558.1 million, Powerball, July 19, 2023, won in California