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Mega Millions jackpot approaches $1 billion as nobody wins Tuesday night’s jackpot

ATLANTA — The pot just keeps getting bigger and bigger. The reward more tempting.

The 37th draw in the current Mega Millions lottery jackpot once again did not produce a jackpot winner. The pot, before Tuesday night’s draw sat at $865 million. With nobody claiming that prize, Friday night’s drawing, which you can see on Channel 2 beginning at 10:59 p.m. ahead of WSB Tonight will be for a jackpot of at least $970 million.

In case you are wondering, should you be the winner Friday night, the cash payout is a cool $716.3 million. Unless the jackpot gets even bigger.

The winning numbers if you want to check: 10, 19, 26, 28 and 50, plus the gold Mega Ball 16.

Wednesday night, Powerball has its draw and the jackpot has grown to $730 million. For those keeping track, the cash payout on that is $546 million.

You can watch the Powerball drawing on Channel 2 at 10:59 p.m. Wednesday right before catching the latest news of the day on WSB Tonight.

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According to the Mega Millions website, there were over five million people who won some sort of prize from Tuesday nights drawing. Eleven of those winners matched the five white balls and won the game’s second prize of $1 million.

None of the million dollar winners were in Georgia.

The current record jackpot for the game was in 2018 when it reached $1.537 billion. The only larger pot in lottery history was the January 2016 jackpot of $1.586 billion by Powerball.

Nobody won Tuesday nights Mega Millions drawing as the jackpot approaches $1 billion.

Winning numbers drawn in massive $865 million Mega Millions jackpot

ATLANTA — Dreaming of becoming a millionaire? Tonight could be the night for you.

The $865 million Mega Millions drawing aired LIVE on Channel 2 right before WSB Tonight at 11 p.m., and if you choose the cash option, you could walk away with $638.8 million.

Here are Tuesday night’s winning numbers: 10-19-26-50-28 and the Mega Ball is 16.

But if you don’t match all six numbers, don’t worry, you’ll have another chance tomorrow with the Powerball jackpot.

You can watch EVERY Powerball and Mega Millions drawing LIVE on Channel 2! Mega Millions drawings are on Tuesday and Friday. Powerball drawings are on Wednesday and Saturday.

The Powerball jackpot is at $730 million, with a cash value of $546 million.

Channel 2′s Berndt Petersen went to Gwinnett County on Tuesday, where he talked to people who are dreaming big about winning the massive jackpot.

Lexi Hammond, who manages the Clipper Store in Suwanee, said store regulars and newbies have been showing up in droves to get tickets.

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“It gives you motivation. I have a chance to change my life for just 2 dollars. So why not take that risk?” Hammond said.

Randy Sneed told Petersen that he plays all the time but his imagination really takes over when the stakes are this high.

“It’s why we go to the theatre. It’s why you go to the movies, right? Escape from reality and go to fantasy land. It’s a little of that. You get a little joy. Look it. I’m fired up. I’m smiling,” Sneed said.

For Marcalena Pace, she said she’s just having fun and feeling very confident over her chances of winning.

“I’m going to win this tonight, and you’re going to see my name on Channel 2. Marcalena Pace. Also, I’m going to win Powerball tomorrow,” Pace said.

Tuesday’s Mega Millions jackpot is the third-largest of all time.

The Mega Millions jackpot was last hit on Sept. 15, 2020. Adrian Tongson of Racine, Wisconsin, won the $120 million prize. Tongson chose the cash option of approximately $95.4 million and took home approximately $65.2 million after federal and state taxes.

Should someone win the Powerball jackpot on Wednesday, it would be the fourth-largest jackpot in the game’s history and the sixth-largest in U.S. lottery history.

The record for a Powerball jackpot is $1.586 billion, won Jan. 13, 2016, among players in California, Florida and Tennessee. The second-highest amount was $768.4 million, drawn March 27, 2019, in Wisconsin, while the No. 3 jackpot was worth $758.7 million, won Aug. 23, 2017, in Massachusetts.

Dreaming of becoming a millionaire? Tonight could be the night for you.