Mega Millions Lottery Jackpot Hits $321 Million (+Next Drawing Date)

November 2, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

The Mega Millions lottery jackpot has increased to $321 million for the next drawing.

That includes a $194 million cash options.

The increase came after no ticket matched all six numbers on the drawing on Halloween.

The next drawing is Tuesday, November 4.

The jackpot has been growing since it was last won in California at $180 million on August 22.

The $321 million ranks eighth on the list of top Mega Millions jackpots.

The highest has been a $656 million jackpot that was drawn on March 30, 2012.

A $648 million jackpot was drawn on December 17, 2013.

And the third-highest, a $414 million jackpot, was drawn on March 18, 2014.

If no tickets match the six numbers then the jackpot will keep increasing.

For context, the jackpot was $284 million ($172 million) for the Halloween drawing.

While the big winner hasn’t happened for a while, there have been several $1 million winners recently.

See an Associated Press story below.

$900 lottery winner faces charge for buying ticket

WINCHESTER, Ind.—In a reversal of fortunes, a winner of a $900 Hoosier Lottery scratch-off ticket faces prosecution for merely buying the ticket.

Thirty-six-year-old Mickey Stone of Winchester was charged last week with unlawful purchase of a lottery ticket by an employee, a misdemeanor carrying a maximum penalty of one year in jail.

Stone violated state law June 6 by purchasing the ticket at the Winchester liquor store where he worked. The Star Press reports the ticket was redeemed June 24 at Hoosier Lottery headquarters in Indianapolis.

Hoosier Lottery investigator Michael Bare said in a report that Stone admitted buying the ticket at his place of employment and knowing it was illegal to do so.

Stone doesn’t have a published home telephone number and he couldn’t be reached for comment.

 

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