Mega Millions Numbers for $297 Million Jackpot Drawn
The numbers for Friday night's Mega Millions with a $297 million jackpot have been drawn.
Friday night's numbers are: 11,29,44,63, 64 and the Mega Ball is 3. The Megaplier is 3.
The multi-state lottery has not had a winner in 18 drawings going back to October 1. Friday's jackpot had a cash value of $158.9 million.
If there's no winner on Friday the jackpot will grow to $344 million for next Tuesday, according to Judith Drucker, spokesperson for the New Jersey Lottery.
Players have a 1 in 258,890,850 chance of hitting all five numbers and the gold Mega Ball to claim the jackpot but New Jersey has been a very lucky state for jackpot winners in the Powerball and Mega Millions games.
Angel Guallpa-Mayancela of Orange claimed a jackpot of $89 million in January, Giuseppe “Joe” Garofalo of Tinton Falls won a $99 million jackpot in May while Darryl and Judy Smith of Mays Landing also won a $30 million jackpot in May.
Those winnings were overshadowed by the larger jackpots for Powerball also sold in New Jersey this year. Two of three winning Powerball tickets for a $411 million jackpot in August were sold to the “Ocean’s 16″ group of Ocean County employees who pooled their money to purchase a ticket and Mario Scarnici of Monmouth Junction.
Pedro Quezada of Passaic won a $338 million Powerball jackpot in March but has since run into legal issueswith a former girlfriend who claims she should be awarded part of the jackpot since they have been in a relationship for 10 years, have a child together and are business partners in a Passaic grocery store.
Mega Millions made several rule changes in October to allow for higher, faster growing jackpots without raising the ticket price. The changes were also aimed at giving more players the opportunity to win prizes.
"As of the last draw, we had over 1.8 million people in New Jersey alone winning more than $4.48 million," Drucker said. "The goal of spreading out the wealth, and really getting a lot of excitement going throughout the community, is happening."
Tickets for Mega Millions are sold in 43 states and the District of Columbia including New York, Pennsylvania and Delaware.
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Dino Flammia contributed to this report