While many other forms of gambling are shut down as a result of social distancing and preventative measures to stop the spread of COVID-19, one form of gambling remains for many states, including Tennessee. All of the state lotteries are still open for business. The big jackpot games, Mega Millions and Powerball, continue on as well.
The jackpot for Tuesday’s Mega Millions drawing stands at approximately $90 million. The cash option would be worth a little over $69 million.
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The winning numbers last hit on Tuesday, Feb. 11 when the jackpot stood at $202 million or a cash option of $142 million. A New Jersey lottery vendor sold the winning ticket.
Since then, the jackpot is slowly rebuilding. With so many people limiting their trips out of the house, don’t be surprised if the lottery jackpots do not grow as quickly as they normally would. Generally, the standard growth of the Mega Millions jackpots is around $10 million a drawing. Of course, those numbers get bigger when the jackpot is bigger. Those numbers could, theoretically, grow slowly with declined interest in lottery participation.
Do not think that simply because fewer people are playing the lottery that you have a greater chance of winning. That is not how lottery drawings work.
For Mega Millions, there is only a jackpot winner if someone matches all five white-ball numbers and the Megaball. The odds of doing that are 1 in 302,575,350 whether 10 people play or a million people play.
TN Lottery App allows easy entry into Play It Again! drawings
While you will need to go to a TN Lottery retailer to purchase Mega Millions tickets, you can use the TN Lottery mobile app to scan through those tickets for possible winners. You can also scan your eligible non-winning tickets to enter into the Play It Again! drawings. In other words, you can have another shot at a cash prize and still stay in the comfort of your own home.
In addition, the Lottery app also gives you easy access to winning numbers in not just Mega Millions and Powerball, but all the Tennessee drawings, including Tennessee Lottery’s Cash 4 Life.
If you want to cut down on person-to-person contact while purchasing TN Lottery tickets, many retailers offer Lottery vending machines. Certainly use these machines with the same level of caution, utilizing hand sanitizer and other measures.