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Mega Millions jackpot now $790M, nation's 4th largest prize; how to play

Detroit News staff and wire services

Lottery officials on Friday raised the Mega Millions grand prize to $790 million, giving players a shot at what would be the nation's fourth largest jackpot.

The next drawing is on Tuesday. The jackpot has grown so large because there hasn't been a winner in three months. Those 27 consecutive drawings without anyone matching all six numbers has allowed the jackpot to gradually grow from its $20 million starting point in April.

The highlighted pre-tax $790 million prize is for a winner who takes an annuity option, paid out in 30 annual payments. Most players choose the cash option, which for Friday's drawing would be $464.4 million.

If won Tuesday, this would be the largest sum since $1.050 billion was won in Michigan on Jan. 22, 2021, according to Mega Millions.

Even as the prize increases, the odds of winning remains: 1 in 302.5 million.

Here's what to know about the next drawing:

Friday's Mega Millions lottery numbers

The winning numbers in Friday evening’s drawing were: 14-40-60-64-66, Mega Ball: 16 Megaplier: 3.

When are Mega Millions drawings?

Mega Millions numbers are drawn on Tuesdays and Fridays.

The next Mega Millions drawing will be at 11 p.m. Tuesday, July 26.

How to play Tuesday's Mega Millions

Mega Millions tickets cost $2. 

Players can pick six numbers from two pools of numbers: five numbers from 1 to 70 (the white balls) and one number from 1 to 25 (the gold Mega Ball). Or players can have numbers selected for them with Easy Pick or Quick Pick.

There are a total of nine ways to win a prize in Mega Millions, ranging from the jackpot to $2. You win the jackpot by matching all six winning numbers in a drawing.

How late can you buy a lottery ticket?

Mega Millions tickets can be purchased at MichiganLottery.com and at retailers across the state until 10:45 p.m. the day of the drawing.

The drawing is at 11 p.m.

What if you win the jackpot?

There are two options if you win the jackpot: 

Annuity: The Mega Millions annuity is paid out as one immediate payment followed by 29 annual payments. Each payment is 5% bigger than the previous one.

Cash option: A one-time, lump-sum payment that is equal to all the cash in the Mega Millions jackpot prize pool.

Tuesday's cash option is $464.4 million.

Top Mega Millions jackpots to date:

Other top jackpots were:

►$1.537 billion on Oct. 23, 2018, with one winning ticket from South Carolina

►$1.050 billion on Jan. 22, 2021, with one ticket in Michigan

►$656 million on March 30, 2012, which went to three tickets from Illinois, Kansas and Maryland

►$648 million on Dec. 17, 2013, with two winning tickets from California and Georgia, according to megamillions.com.

Associated Press contributed to this report.