The Mega Millions jackpot has already exceeded $300 million. This is the third straight December for the jackpot prize to increase to $300+ million.
Only 7 draws left
There are only 7 draws left for December which could bestow a stack of $300 million in unclaimed cash to a lucky winner. The record benchmark for the lottery is $314 million. If the stack continues to build up, it could easily break previous records. The next drawing is scheduled for Tuesday, which means that there is still a chance for someone to win the stash.
The pot last fell on January 5, 2018, when a user won $451 million. An anonymous winner from Port Richey, Florida took away the grand prize. The jackpot then grew to a mind-boggling $437 million which went to 23 co-workers based in Long Island, New York.
Bigger prizes through the years
The Mega Millions jackpot is growing bigger by the year. In June this year, someone who bought a ticket in San Diego won $522 million, setting the record for the seventh-largest pot. The largest pot from the lottery was a staggering $1.537 billion. Most winners prefer to keep themselves anonymous.
Lotteries are one of the oldest and common forms of gambling in the US. It is governed by UIEGA 2006. Mega Millions is one of the biggest names in the business with jackpots beginning at $40 million. It also dispenses a host of other prizes that range from $1 million to $2 million.
The lottery business has operated undeterred in the country for years. After the implementation of UIEGA, New York petitioned to the court to ask if a cross-border exchange of data should be considered a violation of these rules. The state was given the right to operate cross-border lotteries. However, the Department of Justice (DOJ) is now interpreting the Wire Act of 1961 in a new light, which will prohibit data exchange across the border.
The DOJ wants to curb any chances of promotion of online gaming products, including casinos and lotteries. The New Hampshire Lottery is revolting against this interpretation. It went a legal battle against the DOJ. It argued that the department is converting a legal business into “legal prosecution” with its frivolous interpretation of the text.
However, the fight hasn’t ended, and if the DOJ is successful, it could wreak havoc on the businesses of Cash4Life, Powerball and Mega Millions.