Kansas Lottery players are hoping Friday the 13th will be a lucky day for them, as they line up to get their tickets for a chance to win a $400 million Mega Millions jackpot! The cash option for tonight’s monster jackpot is an estimated $216.4 million. If captured, the $400 million jackpot would be the second largest in Mega Millions history and the fifth largest jackpot ever.
Kansas players will remember the record $656 million Mega Millions jackpot hit on March 30, 2012, and split among three players in Kansas, Maryland and Illinois. The Kansas winner, from Franklin County, took home $157.9 million (cash option), minus taxes. Players in the Sunflower State are hoping to see history repeat itself.
In the current run, the Mega Millions jackpot has been climbing since a Maryland player hit a $189 million jackpot on October 1. Changes to the Mega Millions game in October allow for larger starting jackpots, faster growing jackpots, and better odds of winning a prize. The price of a Mega Millions ticket remains $1. The Megaplier option costs an additional $1 and multiplies all non-jackpot prizes up to five times, to a maximum of $5 million.
Players have until 8:59 p.m. to purchase Mega Millions tickets for tonight’s drawing. Mega Millions drawings are held at 10:00 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays. The Kansas Lottery encourages players to sign the back of their tickets at the time of purchase and keep them in a safe place until the drawing. Players must be 18 to purchase a lottery ticket.
Other Historical Jackpots:
A Powerball jackpot of $590.5 million was hit in Florida on May 18, 2013; one player in Arizona won a $587.5 million Powerball jackpot on November 28, 2012; and one player in Minnesota and two in New Jersey split a $448.4 Powerball jackpot in the August 7, 2013 drawing.