Mega Millions jackpot: Two $10K winning tickets sold in Illinois

The Mega Millions Jackpot just keeps growing, as no one matched all the winning numbers in Tuesday night’s drawing.

That means the jackpot is now estimated at $1.25 billion.

Before you toss out your old tickets, the Illinois Lottery says two sold in our state are worth $10,000 each.

The next Mega Millions drawing is Friday, and remember, you can still trade your losing ticket for a free donut at Krispy Kreme.

No one has won the Mega Millions jackpot since April 18, allowing it to grow larger and larger. The $1.25 billion prize for Friday’s drawing is one of the largest in U.S. history. Tuesday night’s drawing for $1.1 billion was the 30th straight without a winner.


The lottery drought is due to a combination of poor luck and terrible odds, as the chance of winning the Mega Millions jackpot is 1 in 302.6 million. The odds of winning smaller prizes, ranging from $2 to $1 million, are significantly better.

The new $1.25 billion jackpot is for a sole winner who chooses to collect through an annuity, with annual payments over 30 years. A sole winner who opts for a lump sum payment would receive an estimated $625.3 million.

Winners also would be subject to federal taxes, and many states also tax lottery winnings.

Mega Millions is played in 45 states, Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.