One down, one to go.
After 23 straight drawings with no grand prize winner, one winning ticket was sold for the $450 million Mega Millions jackpot in Friday night’s drawing, according to the Mega Millions website.
The winning numbers were 28, 30, 39, 59, 70 and the Mega Millions ball was 10.
The winning ticket was sold in Florida, according to the website.
If you’re not one of the lucky winners, fear not. There’s a chance to land an even bigger payday with the $570 million Powerball jackpot. The next drawing for that game will be Saturday at 11 p.m. ET.
Powerball and Mega Millions are the largest lottery games in the country, but their jackpots don’t usually grow to such staggering heights at the same time.
But it could become a more common phenomenon. The rules for both games were recently tweaked — Powerball in 2015 and Mega Millions in October 2017 — to give the games longer odds.
Smaller chances of snagging the jackpots means the prize pools have a chance to grow bigger before a winning ticket is sold. Meanwhile, the games can attract more players by brandishing their eye-popping prizes.
Powerball grabbed headlines a couple years ago when its grand prize grew to nearly $1.6 billion. It marked the largest lottery prize in history. Three winning ticket holders eventually claimed the prize in a January 2016 drawing.
And thanks to the October rule change, Mega Millions now has slighter worse odds than Powerball.
Specifically, the chances of holding a Mega Millions ticket with the winning numbers is about 1 in 302.6 million, while the odds of winning Powerball’s jackpot stand at 1 in 292.2 million.