Mega Millions Jackpot For 01/12/21 Reaches $600 Million

There was no grand prize winner for the Mega Millions jackpot on 01/08/21 for $520 million, and the game has now vaulted into the top four of all-time Mega Millions prizes.

The Mega Millions jackpot for 01/12/21 is already estimated at $600 million, but that could climb higher. The most-recent jackpot climbed from $480 million to $520 million in just two days after patrons around the country scurried to buy tickets before Friday night's drawing.

The $600 million jackpot would make it the fourth-highest Mega Millions prize of all-time, but it could be even higher before Tuesday. Here are the top 10 Mega Millions Jackpots to date:

Amount/Date/Winning Tickets

  1. $1.537 billion 10/23/2018 1-SC
  2. $656 million 3/30/2012 3-IL, 1-KS, 1-MD
  3. $648 million 12/17/2013 2-CA, 1-GA
  4. $600 million CURRENT JACKPOT
  5. $543 million 7/24/2018 1-CA
  6. $536 million 7/8/2016 1-IN
  7. $533 million 3/30/2018 1-NJ
  8. $522 million 6/07/2019 1-CA
  9. $451 million 1/5/2018 1-FL
  10. $414 million 3/18/2014 2-FL, 1-MD
Mega Millions Lottery
A Mega Millions mascot performs during the game between the Maryland Terrapins and the Iowa Hawkeyes at Xfinity Center on January 30, 2020 in College Park, Maryland. Photo by G Fiume/Maryland Terrapins/Getty Images

There was a grand prize winner for $410 million on April 9, 2020, for a ticket that was sold in Arizona. That was the top prize in the 2020 calendar year, and was previously 10th all-time before the current jackpot moved into the top 10.

Next Tuesday's jackpot is the highest grand prize since the game hit $1.5 billion during October of 2018.

Friday night's 01/08/21 jackpot was worth $520 million, with a cash-value option of $383.4 million. The $600 million prize already has a cash option worth $442 million.

The Mega Millions jackpot for 01/08/21 was $520 million, and here are the winning numbers from Friday night's drawing.

  • First Five: 03-06-16-18-58
  • Mega Ball: 11
  • Megaplier: 2x

The last grand prize jackpot winner was from a ticket sold in Wisconsin on 09/15/20 for a jackpot worth $119 million. It was only the fifth, and final, Mega Millions jackpot won in the 2020 calendar year.

Here are the five Mega Millions jackpots won in 2020:

$119 million — September 15 in Wisconsin
$22 million — July 31 in California
$124 million — July 24 in New Jersey
$410 million — June 9 in Arizona
$202 million — February 11 in New Jersey

Other winners—dating back to 2019—were a $372 million ticket sold in Ohio and a $227 million ticket that was sold on 09/24/19 in the city of Cedar Park, Texas—a suburb north of Austin.

Mega Millions is a multi-state lottery every Tuesday and Friday night, and it is one of America's two biggest lottery jackpot games. Mega Millions jackpots start at $20 million, and other prizes pay from $1 million to $2 million or more with a Megaplier. Tickets are $2 per line, and odds of winning with a $2 Mega Millions ticket are one in 303 million. For more information on Mega Millions, or to check your past numbers, visit its website.

Powerball is the other multi-state lottery, and it also starts at $20 million. Its drawings take place shortly after 11 p.m. ET on Wednesday and Saturday nights. Here is the Powerball website for more information, or to check past winning numbers.