Mega Millions jackpot climbs to $385 million after no big winner Friday: See the numbers
No one won Mega Millions' jackpot Friday night, causing the lottery game's top prize to grow once again.
The Mega Millions jackpot climbed to an estimated $385 million, with a cash option of $203.8 million, after no big winner on Friday. The next drawing will be held on Tuesday at 11 p.m. ET.
The chances of winning a Mega Millions jackpot are incredibly slim, standing at about one in 302 million.
If someone beats the nearly-impossible odds and wins the lottery game's top prize Tuesday, the estimated $385 million would only be distributed if they choose the annuity option, which distributes the prize over 29 annual payments.
Most lottery winners opt for the one-time, lump-sum cash payment. The final amount taken home depends on state and federal taxes.
Here's what you need to know.
Mega Millions winning numbers for March 31, 2023
The winning numbers for the Friday night drawing were 16, 26, 27, 42, 61, Mega Ball: 23 and Megaplier was 4x.
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Did anyone win Mega Millions last night?
No one won the estimated $355 million Mega Millions jackpot Friday night, boosting the lottery game's top prize to an estimated $385 million.
While no one won it all, one lucky ticket sold in Florida matched all five white balls to win $1 million. Thousands of additional tickets won across Mega Millions' other prize tiers.
What are my chances of winning Mega Millions?
Although a $385 million jackpot might be tempting, it's important to note that odds of taking home a top prize are extremely slim.
The odds of winning the jackpot are 302,575,350 to 1.
The odds to match all five white balls are 12,607,306 to 1.
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How do I play Mega Millions?
To enter play Mega Millions, players pick six numbers – or choose to have the lottery machine generate a random "Easy Pick" or "Quick Pick":
Five numbers will go from 1 to 70 (white balls)
One number can be picked from 1 to 25 (gold Mega Ball)
If your ticket matches all six of the winning numbers from the drawing, you'll win the jackpot. There are also smaller prizes depending on how many balls your numbers match.
The cost to play Mega Millions is $2 a ticket. You can add the Megaplier for $1, which will increase the amount of your potential prize up to five times the original prize (except for the jackpot).
Mega Millions can be played in 45 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
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Largest lottery prizes in US history
Here are the largest lottery prizes in U.S. history, across Mega Millions and Powerball.
$2.04 billion, Powerball, Nov. 7, 2022: Won in California.
$1.586 billion, Powerball, Jan. 13, 2016: Three winners in California, Florida, and Tennessee.
$1.537 billion, Mega Millions, Oct. 23, 2018: Won in South Carolina.
$1.348 billion, Mega Millions, Jan. 13, 2023: Won in Maine.
$1.337 billion, Mega Millions, July 29, 2022: Won in Illinois.
$1.05 billion, Mega Millions, Jan. 22, 2021: Won in Michigan.
$768.4 million, Powerball, March 27, 2019: Won in Wisconsin.
$758.7 million, Powerball, Aug. 23, 2017: Won in Massachusetts.
$754.6 million, Powerball, Feb. 6, 2023: Won in Washington.
$730 million, Powerball, Jan. 20, 2021: Won in Maryland.
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Mega Millions jackpot climbs to $385 million: March 31 winning numbers