Sunday, March 16, 2014

$400 Million Mega Millions Jackpot on Tuesday

The US Mega Millions jackpot rolled over again on Friday so the jackpot has inflated to a staggering $400 million.

Although the Mega Ball eluded them, eight players successfully matched five of the numbers drawn on Friday. Players who match five Mega Millions numbers normally win $1 million, but three of the players will receive $3 million because they added the Megaplier option to their tickets.

The Megaplier option increases non-jackpot prizes by 2, 3, 4, or 5 times the normal amount for each tier. Adding the Megaplier option cost an extra dollar, but it is not available in all states.

Mega Millions drawings are held Tuesday and Friday at 23:00 (ET). Tuesday's Jackpot is the third largest prize ever offered in a Mega Millions draw.  The biggest prize to date was the $656 million jackpot that was shared between two players in March 2012.