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Mega Millions® Jackpot Reaches $600M For Tomorrow’s Drawing

January 11, 2021

Fourth Largest Jackpot Ever In Game’s History

CHICAGO—The jackpot keeps rolling and rising, and now the Mega Millions jackpot is a whopping $600 million for Tuesday night’s drawing!  

If won, it would be the fourth largest jackpot in Mega Millions history and the eighth largest jackpot of any lottery game in U.S. history.  

The top five Mega Millions jackpots ever won in the U.S. are listed below:



Where Won



$1.537 billion

South Carolina

October 2018


$646 million

Shared by three players from
Illinois, Kansas, and Maryland

March 2012


$648 million

Shared by two players from
California and Georgia

December 2013


$543 million

Won by an 11-member office pool
in California 

July 2018


$536 million


July 2016

To play Mega Millions, players select five numbers from 1 to 70 and one Mega Ball number from 1 to 25. There are nine prize tiers, ranging from $2 to the jackpot.

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 with multiple ways to play. Tickets can be purchased in-store, online, and on the Illinois Lottery’s mobile app. 

Mega Millions is played every Friday and Tuesday night with the next draw taking place tomorrow, Tuesday, January 12 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.