Mega Millions Winning Numbers Picked

Nancy Harty
October 16, 2018 - 3:47 pm

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UPDATE: The winning Mega Millions numbers drawn Tuesday night were: 3, 45, 49, 61, 69, with Mega Ball 9.


CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The highest jackpot ever for the Mega Millions lottery is tempting plenty of people to buy tickets.

The windfall from Tuesday night’s drawing stands at $667 million, which is also the third-highest jackpot in U.S. lottery history, according to an Illinois Lottery spokesman.

People outside a convenience store in Prudential Plaza used various techniques to improve their chances.

Paul planned to buy tickets tonight because he believes he has better luck then.

Patricia likes to pick her numbers using birthdates, anniversaries and home addresses.

Many others go with the quick pick -- letting fate choose their numbers.

Illinois Lottery Spokesman Jason Schaumburg says the largest lottery jackpot ever was a $1.586 billion Powerball game in January 2016.

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The second largest was a Powerball game from August 2017, worth $758.7 million.

If there's a winner Tuesday night and they opt for the lump-sum payment, Schaumburg says it's worth $380 million, before taxes.

The drawing is at 10 p.m.