The fifth-largest jackpot in American history is up for grabs for someone in Fayetteville Tuesday night, as the Mega Millions lottery prize is set to be over $1.1 BILLION.
It’s the third-largest Mega Millions jackpot, according to the North Carolina Education Lottery. And if you weren’t in the mood to take that as a 20-year annuity, you can take the cash value of a mere $576.8 million. Not bad for a day’s work.
“The Mega Millions game continues to offer life-changing prizes and tonight’s billion-dollar jackpot would certainly qualify as that,” said Mark Michalko, executive director of the N.C. Education Lottery. “Just remember to play smart as it takes only one $2 ticket to win the jackpot. Good luck to everyone in North Carolina who is playing tonight.”
And yes, Fayetteville could be a winning spot. Someone from Fayetteville won $30,000 in Friday’s drawing! There were $10,000 prizes across North Carolina in Charlotte, Boone, Winston-Salem and Belville.
The Mega Millions jackpot has been on a roll with 24 consecutive drawings without a jackpot winner, despite the $30,000 winner in Fayetteville. The last win came in the Oct. 14 drawing when two tickets in Florida and California split a $502 million jackpot. The odds of winning a Mega Millions jackpot are 1 in 302.5 million.
Players can buy Mega Millions tickets at any lottery retail location or through Online Play on the lottery’s website, www.nclottery.com, or with the lottery’s app, the NC Lottery Official Mobile App.
Ticket sales from draw games make it possible for the lottery to raise more than $2.5 million a day on average for education. For details on how lottery funds have made a difference in all of North Carolina’s 100 counties, click on the “Impact” section of the lottery’s website.