Mega Millions jackpot climbs to $785 million after no big winner

The first Mega Millions lottery drawing of the new year will be a huge one, as no one has won the estimated $685 million jackpot Friday night.

The top prize increased to $785 million ahead of the next drawing on Tuesday night.

Mega Millions said in a statement earlier Saturday that the tickets purchased for the lottery did not match all six numbers drawn Friday night.

The numbers chosen for Friday are: 1, 3, 6, 44, 51 and the golden Mega Ball 7.

The jackpot got so big because odds of 1 in 302.6 million resulted in 22 consecutive draws without a big winner.

An estimated $785 million in prize money will be awarded to winners who choose to be paid through annuities, annual checks over 29 years. Nearly all winners chose cash, and the next drawing has an estimated prize of $395 million.

It’s the biggest jackpot since the $2.04 billion Powerball jackpot was won in California on Nov. 8. The winner of this record prize has not yet been announced.

“There have only been three previous Mega Millions jackpots over $700 million, and all three have had jackpots over $1 billion,” Mega Millions said.

Mega Millions takes place in 45 states plus Washington, D.C. and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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