BALTIMORE, MD (WJZ)– The Mega Millions Jackpot has now reached a new world record.
With no jackpot winner in Friday night’s drawing, the jackpot for the next drawing on Tuesday October 23rd carries an estimated annuity value of $1.6 billion. The estimated cash option is nearly $905 million.
At $1.6 billion, Tuesday’s Mega Millions drawing slips past the $1.586 billion Powerball drawing on January 13th, 2016, to become the largest jackpot in history.
The previous record Mega Millions jackpot was $656 million, which was shared by winners in Kansas, Illinois and here in Maryland on March 30th, 2012.
The winning numbers for the October 19th drawing were: 15, 23, 53, 65 and 70, plus the gold Mega Ball 7.
While there was no jackpot winner on Friday, there were 15 second-tier winning tickets of at least $1 million, sold in California, Florida, Illinois (two), Missouri, New Hamphire, New Jersey, New York (four), Texas (two, including one with the Megaplier for a $2 million prize) and Virginia (two).
These tickets matched the five white balls but missed matching the Mega Ball.