New Year's Day Mega Millions jackpot climbs to $415 million

Mega Millions jackpot rises to $415 million

The first jackpot of 2019 is worth an estimated $415 million, or a cash value of almost $250 million.

The New Year's Day Mega Millions jackpot is the eighth largest in its history, after the December 28 drawing named no big winners.

Three other jackpots were also awarded in the Mega Millions game a year ago, including two worth at least $450 million.

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There have been 19 consecutive drawings since October 26, 2018, without a jackpot victor.

The jackpot grew from a $348 million prize after no ticket matched all six numbers drawn last Friday. That run has pumped-up the pot for Tuesday, January 1 to that $425 mark or $254.6 million with the cash option selected. Mega Millions is available to people in 44 states, as well as the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

This past year also saw numerous other largest jackpots in Mega Millions history.

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