Mega Millions jackpot grows to $820 million with a possible cash payout of $422 million
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Mega Millions top prize has jumped to an estimated $820 million after there was no jackpot winner in the latest drawing. The numbers drawn late Friday night were: 29, 40, 47, 50, 57 and gold Mega Ball 25. The estimated $820 million in the next drawing would only be distributed to a winner who chooses an annuity paid over 29 years. Nearly all grand prize winners opt to take a cash payout, which for the next drawing Tuesday night is an estimated $422 million. Mega Millions says the potential jackpot is the fifth largest in the history of the game. Despite the game’s long odds of 1 in 302.6 million, players continue to purchase tickets as the size of the grand prize grows.