Lincoln, NE – October 10, 2018 – Two months without a jackpot winner has grown the Mega Millions jackpot to a record level. Because of the high jackpot, the Nebraska Lottery reminds customers to play responsibly.
The Mega Millions jackpot starts at $40 million and continues to grow by at least $5 million each drawing until it is won. There have been 22 consecutive drawings since July 27 without a jackpot winner. This run has grown the estimated jackpot for the Friday, October 12 drawing to $548 million or $309.2 million with the cash option selected. This is 3rd-largest jackpot in the game's history. Mega Millions tickets can be purchased until 9p.m. CT on Friday night.
The largest Mega Millions jackpot on record occurred in March 2012 when three winners in Illinois, Kansas and Maryland split a $656 million jackpot.