No jackpot-winning ticket was sold in the latest Mega Millions drawing, increasing the prize to an estimated $508 million, a lottery official said. Virginia Lottery spokesman John Hagerty said there was no jackpot winner for Tuesday night’s $454 million prize and so the pot will increase by about $54 million for the next drawing on Friday. With slightly better odds than the Powerball game, it’s rare that nearly four months passes without someone winning a Mega Millions jackpot. Tuesday marked the 34th time the jackpot has rolled over without a winner. The previous record was 22 rolls.
It takes much bigger jackpots to get players excited. It looks like the tipping point might be right about now.
Paula Otto, lead director for Mega Millions
The jackpot was the largest since a $429.6 million Powerball prize won by a New Jersey family on May 7. The odds of picking the correct numbers on five white balls and one yellow ball in the Mega Millions game are one in 259 million. Paul Jeanne from Baltimore, Maryland, joined about a dozen co-workers in an office pool. “When it gets big like this, we all throw a few bucks in and hope for the best,” he said. “You take your tiny odds and tiny odds get multiplied by a tiny bit, and hopefully, it comes in one of these times.”