December 28, 2022
The last Mega Millions drawing of 2022 is two days away, and a winning ticket will earn someone a whopping $640 million.
After Tuesday's numbers were called with no jackpot winner, the top prize climbed by $75 million. The last 21 Mega Millions drawings have produced no jackpot winner; the last payout, of $502 million, was split between two players in Florida and California on Oct. 14.
According to Mega Millions, the $640 million haul is the biggest jackpot ever offered in the final week of the year, and only the sixth time in the game's history that the jackpot has crossed $600 million. But it is only the second largest prize of 2022.
The largest jackpot, of $1.337 billion, went to a lucky winner in Illinois on July 29.
As PBS explains, the $640 million is only accessible if the winner chooses to be paid in yearly installments over 29 years. Those looking for a quicker payday can pick the cash option of $328.3 million.
The final jackpot drawing of the year will be called at 11 p.m. Friday.
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