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Supersized Mega Millions jackpot an estimated $1.35 billion

Match 5 jackpot worth $191,000 hit

With a $1.35 billion jackpot and more than 100 days since the last big winner, the Mega Millions® drawing tonight continues to drive players’ dreams of being asked the ultimate question: “Would you like that delivered as a $1.35 billion annuity or a single check for approximately $659.5 million?”

The jackpot rolled for the 31st consecutive drawing after no ticket matched all six numbers drawn Tuesday, Aug. 1: 8-24-30-45-61 and a Mega Ball of 12. The jackpot was last hit in the April 18 drawing for a win of $20 million in New York.

If a player wins Friday’s jackpot, it will be the second-largest jackpot in Mega Millions history, only behind the game record $1.537 billion jackpot from 2018, and the fourth-largest jackpot in U.S. lottery history.

Additionally, one Mississippi Match 5 player matched all five numbers in the Thursday, Aug. 3, drawing and won $191,991.79. The ticket was purchased from Shell Food Mart #23 on Highway 11 South in Meridian. The jackpot for the Saturday, Aug. 5, drawing has reset to an estimated $50,000.

The Saturday, Aug. 5, drawing of the Powerball® jackpot is now up to an estimated $124 million with an estimated cash value of $62.8 million.

Bob Bakken

Bob Bakken is the most recognized and most trusted name in DeSoto County news and sports reporting, as readers continue to express their appreciation for his accuracy and fairness in the stories he writes. Bob is also heard on 95.3 The Rebel twice a week with sports updates and high school football play-by-play broadcasts in the fall. A former newspaper editor and writer, his award-winning background also includes television news producing, sports media relations, and radio broadcasting.

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