The massive multi-state lottery jackpots took a nosedive this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the jackpots finally have soared to mouth-watering amounts once more.
For the Tuesday night drawing of Mega Millions, available for play via the Michigan online lottery, the jackpot stands at $625 million, with a cash option of $458.8 million. The jackpot is the eighth largest in U.S. history between Mega Millions and Powerball. It’s the largest lottery prize in nearly two years.
The record remains a $1.58 billion Powerball drawing from 2016, which had three winning tickets.
The Powerball jackpot is currently at $550 million ahead of its drawing on Wednesday.
The Mega Millions is the largest of its kind since a $410 million pot in June. Powerball’s last mega-pot was $396.9 million in January 2020.
The games took a big hit due to various state shutdowns for the COVID-19 pandemic when it first arrived in March. Michigan is among a small minority of states with online ticket sales.
Michigan has had an online lottery since 2014 and in a matter of weeks will have online casino/sports gambling in the equation, offered by commercial and tribal casinos. The Michigan Lottery will not be able to offer those games.
Though far from record-breaking heights just yet, the size of the lottery jackpots are starting to reach the point of generating significant media buzz, which could quickly see them balloon higher if the pot continues to roll over.