Mega Millions Jackpot Soars To $298 Million, Winning Numbers May 22

Posted on May 22, 2020

It’s not every day the Mega Millions jackpot reaches $298 million ($235 million for the cash option). But if anyone can manage to match all six balls in tonight’s drawing, that’s what will be waiting for them. What better way to start off Memorial Day weekend?

The new temporary lottery rules reduce the jackpot starting amount to $20 million from the usual $40 million, which will happen once the jackpot hits. There is also no minimum roll amount for Mega Millions or Powerball, so they depend on sales and interest rates.

That hasn’t stopped the Mega Millions from soaring to nearly $300 million. From May 19 to May 22, the Powerball jackpot jumped $24 million.

Mega Millions tickets within social distancing reach

For those living in jurisdictions that allow online lottery sales, it’s not even necessary to leave your home to buy your $2 draw tickets. That is the case in Pennsylvania, where the PA iLottery is alive and well.

In fact, the PA online lottery just crossed a significant milestone, reaching $1 billion in sales before their upcoming two-year anniversary.

With many PA lotto retailers still closed for coronavirus precautions, online sales continue to grow. You can sign up to the online lottery in PA here through our links for a free $20 and a deposit bonus up to $250 to get you started.

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Recent Mega Millions winners

The winning numbers for Tuesday, May 19 were 8 – 19 – 25 – 36 – 66 and the megaball was 9. The megaplier was 2x.

While no one matched all six balls, two lucky players did match all five white balls to collect $1 million. Those tickets were sold in Illinois and Ohio. Neither of them had the $1 megaplier in play, otherwise it would have been $2 million.

Thirty more tickets matched four white balls and the megaball. It was worth $10,000 for 23 of them, and $20,000 for seven who played the megaplier.

Winning numbers Friday, May 22

Mega Millions drawings happen every Tuesday and Friday at 11 p.m. ET. Find the winning numbers for Friday, May 22 here following the drawing.

Winning numbers: 8 – 10 – 20 – 44 – 46 megaball 18

Megaplier: 4X

As always, play responsibly and keep it fun. And remember, all proceeds from the PA lottery benefit older Pennsylvanians.

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Valerie Cross is the managing editor of PlayPennsylvania. Valerie taught English as a Second Language before transitioning full-time to poker media. She has a B.A. from Furman University and MA and PhD degrees in language education from Indiana University. A former associate editor at PokerNews, Valerie currently resides in Northern California.

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