$660 Million Up For Grabs In Friday Night’s Mega Millions Jackpot Drawing

Posted on July 22, 2022

Friday night’s Mega Millions jackpot is now up to $660 million. This number sets a new record as the third-largest sum in the game’s history.

It also happens to be the ninth-largest lottery grand prize ever.

Friday’s Mega Millions jackpot jumps to $660 million

The Mega Millions buzz continues to grow in Tennessee and beyond. Although millions participate in this twice-weekly drawing, it’s been more than 3 months since a jackpot winner has been crowned.

The game’s current jackpot has been rising since April 12, when a Minnesota couple took home their $66.9 million cash winnings.

Now, the jackpot sits at a staggering $660 million. After federal taxes, that means a new winner would walk away with almost $417 million divided into 30 annual payments.

Those opting for the one-time cash sum can become an entire $376.9 million richer (or $237.5 million net).

Largest Mega Millions jackpot win

The largest Mega Millions jackpot win came in Oct. 2018 when someone purchased a winning ticket in South Carolina worth $1.54 billion.

After that, a Michigan player lucked out with a $1.05 billion win in Jan. 2021.

Since then, plenty of players around the nation have become big lottery winners — though none quite large enough to set a new record.

No player has won the full jackpot in recent months. In this week’s earlier drawing, however, players from four states matched five numbers to each claim a $1 million payday.

Where to purchase a Mega Millions ticket

The next Mega Millions drawing takes place at 11 p.m. ET on Friday, July 22.

Grabbing a Mega Millions ticket for tonight’s drawing is as simple as dropping into almost any convenience store in Tennessee or beyond. Tickets are $2 each and are available for purchase until 10:45 p.m. this evening.

If no one wins the jackpot after tonight’s drawing, the money will carry over to subsequent drawings, which take place every Tuesday and Friday.

Visit a participating Tennessee Lottery retail location and snag your ticket for a chance at becoming the nation’s next Mega Millions jackpot winner.

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As a college athlete, Alec Cunningham played Division II golf at Tusculum University. She graduated in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Professional Writing. She then returned to her love of written word in 2000 after working in the music industry as a concert promoter, tour manager and artist developer. As a journalist, she's covered a variety of topics and currently specializes in Tennessee online sports betting and Virginia casino news. She served as a panelist at this year's All American Sports Betting Summit, discussing the ever-evolving role of women in the gambling industry.

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