TOPEKA, Kan. (RELEASE The estimated annuity jackpot for the March 30 Mega Millions drawing has been raised to from $502 million to $521 million ($317.2 million cash) – the fourth largest in the game’s history and tenth largest in U.S. lottery history.
Friday’s drawing will be six years to the day since the largest-ever Mega Millions jackpot was won on March 30, 2012. Three winning tickets – sold in Kansas, Illinois and Maryland – split a $656 million jackpot. The Kansas winner was from Franklin County.
If one lucky ticket matches all numbers in the March 30, 2018 drawing, the jackpot winner would have a choice of annuity payments or the cash option:
· Annuity: one immediate payment and annual graduated payments for 29 years
· Cash option: $317.2 million
The last Mega Millions jackpot hit was $451 million in Florida on January 5, 2018. In 23 drawings since then (Jan. 9 draw through March 27 draw), there have been 35 second-tier winning tickets ($1 million base prize; three with Megaplier). Two of those second-tier prizes were won in Kansas, turning a Pottawatomie County resident and a Lincoln County resident into millionaires.
Players are invited to submit all their winning and non-winning tickets in the Kansas Lottery PlayOn® Players Loyalty program to earn points for drawing entries and a chance to win cash and other prizes!