NEW YORK (WABC) The winning numbers claim Friday’s $940 million Mega Millions jackpot.
Here are Friday night’s winning numbers: 20, 63, 46, 59, 3 and Megaball 13.
It is the sixth largest lottery prize in the country.
After more than 20 drawings, no one has hit the big jackpot.
Friday’s jackpot was the largest since the $2.04 billion Powerball prize was won in California on Nov. 8. No winner has been announced for this record payout.
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Credit for recent big prizes is actually about math — and more complicated than that.
In the fall of 2017, lottery officials approved changes to the Mega Millions, significantly extending the numbers from 258.9 million to 302.6 million. They made similar changes to Powerball in October 2015, reducing the odds from 175.2 million to 292.2 million.
The idea was that by spreading the jackpots out less often, ticket revenue would increase each week and create bigger jackpots that would draw attention and attract players who could win top prizes of $100 million or $200 million.
In August 2021, Powerball added a third weekly drawing, which allowed the jackpot to rotate and grow faster because people had more chances to play and lose. Mega Millions has closed its biweekly drawings.
Because of those moves, nine of the 10 biggest lottery prizes since 2017 have been won.
Mega Millions is played in 45 states, as well as Washington DC and the US Virgin Islands.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
WATCH: New York State Lottery draws are shown daily at 2:30pm and 10:30pm and on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 8:15pm.
Powerball Drawings are also streamed here on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays at 10:59 PM
Mega Millions drawings are shown on Tuesdays and Fridays at 11:00 p.m
The New York Lottery is the largest and most profitable in North America, contributing billions of dollars to support education in New York State.
Revenue is distributed to local school districts according to the same statutory formula used to distribute other state aid to education. According to the New York Lottery, the formula takes into account both the size of a school district and its income level; larger, lower-income school districts receive a proportionally larger share of lottery school funding.
For more information about the New York Lottery and to view lottery results, visit nylottery.ny.gov.
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