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Mega Millions® Jackpot $1 Billion For Tonight’s Draw

January 22, 2021

Play To Win The Second Largest Prize In The Game’s History

CHICAGO—The Mega Millions® jackpot has reached an estimated $1 billion dollars in tonight’s draw. This is the second largest jackpot in the game’s history and the third largest prize in U.S. lottery history.  

This historic roll series has already made millionaires in Illinois with two players from Elk Grove Village and Chicago winning $1 million Mega Millions prizes in the past two weeks.

There are multiple ways to play, so it’s never been easier for Illinois residents 18 years of age or older to get in on the fun and purchase an Illinois Lottery ticket. Tickets can be purchased in-store, online, and on the Illinois Lottery’s mobile app.  

When visiting a retailer, the Illinois Lottery reminds players to practice safe social distancing and adhere to the store’s safety measures. 

Mega Millions tickets are $2 each, and players have the option to add the Multiplier for an additional $1. The game is played every Friday and Tuesday night, with the next draw taking place Friday, January 22 at 10 p.m. (CT).


About the Illinois Lottery:

Founded in 1974, the Illinois Lottery has contributed over $21 billion (since 1985) to the state’s Common School Fund to assist K-12 public schools, as well as hundreds of millions of dollars to the Capital Projects Fund and to special causes like homelessness prevention, Illinois Veterans services, the fight against breast cancer, MS research, Special Olympics, police memorials and assistance for people living with HIV/AIDS. In addition to playing in-store, the Illinois Lottery offers online and mobile play for all draw-based Illinois Lottery games at Players must be at least 18 years old.