The Mega Millions jackpot for Tuesday’s lottery drawing has climbed to an estimated $300 million with a cash option of $206.7 million.
The winning numbers were: 3, 2, 52, 58, 19. The Mega Ball drawn was 16 with a Megaplier of 2x.
While no one across the country hit Friday’s $278 million jackpot, a pair of second-prize tickets matching five numbers but not the Mega Ball were sold. A ticket bought in Maine is worth $3 million because the winner spent an extra $1 for the Megaplier, while one purchased in Missouri is valued at $1 million.
In New Jersey, four of the 28 tickets matching four numbers are worth $1,500 because they were bought with the Megaplier for Friday’s drawing. The other 24 are valued at $500 each.
Friday’s winning numbers were: 7, 29, 43, 56, and 57. The Mega Ball drawn was 6 with a Megaplier of 3X.
The game is played in 45 states, Washington, D.C. and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
The New Jersey Lottery offices in Lawrence are now open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. if players prefer to drop off claims and validate winning tickets in person. Claims can be left in a secure drop box at lottery headquarters. That option applies to prizes worth more than $599.50.
If a player wins a prize of $25,000 or more (or otherwise feels more comfortable submitting a claim in person) appointments can still be made to meet with a lottery representative in person by calling 1-800-222-0996.
Prizes valued at $599.50 or less should still be claimed at lottery retailers.