Mega Millions jackpot climbs to $785M after no big winner


The first Mega Millions drawing of the new year will be a big one after no one won an estimated $685 million jackpot.

Mega Millions says no ticket purchased for the lottery matched all six numbers drawn Friday night.

The top prize increased to $785 million ahead of the next drawing Tuesday night.

The numbers selected Friday were: 1, 3, 6, 44, 51 and gold Mega Ball 7.

The jackpot has grown so large thanks to long odds of one in 302.6 million that have resulted in 22 straight drawings without a big winner.

The estimated $785 million prize is for a winner who chooses to be paid through an annuity, with annual checks over 29 years.

Nearly all winners opt for cash, which for the next drawing would be an estimated $395 million.


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