The Mega Millions jackpot now sits at $400 million for the draw on Friday — which is the nation’s second largest in its history.
So while this Friday the 13th may be unlucky for some, the Mega Millions lottery results could make it the luckiest day for someone. If a cash payout is accepted following winning Mega Millions lottery results — as usually the case for winners — the take home would be some $216 million.
The huge jump came when Tuesday’s drawing did not come with a set of Mega Millions winning numbers. Of course, a few other Mega Millions past results have led to outsized payouts too.
Let’s take a look at the Mega Millions past results that had the biggest prizes in the history of the Mega Millions lottery:
Mega Millions Past Results
#1 Biggest Mega Millions Lottery Winner: $656 million: Top on our list of Mega Millions past results? A jackpot of almost $700 million. On March 30, 2012, three tickets claimed the Mega Millions winning numbers from the $656 million prize — the largest jackpot in all of the Mega Millions past results. Winners from Kansas, Illinois and Maryland took the cash payout of $474 million.
#2 Biggest Mega Millions Lottery Winner: Current $400 million: Dwarfing lots of Mega Millions past results, once again, is the current jackpot. As noted, someone (or multiple people) could take home a $216 prize on Friday. With so much at stake, it’s expected sales will quickly rise and a winner (or winners) will claim the Mega Millions winning numbers.
#3 Biggest Mega Millions Lottery Winner: $390 million: In March of 2007, two winners from Georgia and New Jersey cashed out $233.1 million — making it the third largest in Mega Millions lottery winnings and the seventh largest in the history of the nation’s lottery.
#4 Biggest Mega Millions Lottery Winner: $380 million: In January of 2011, two winners from Idaho and Washington won the Mega Millions lottery and took a cash payout $240 million.
#5 Biggest Mega Millions Lottery Winner: $333 million: In 2009, two folks — one from California and one from New York — came forward with the Mega Millions winning numbers to claim their giant prize.