There’s plenty of lottery excitement as the year 2023. January 3! The prize for the first drawing of the new year is currently estimated at $785 million ($395.0 million cash).

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The jackpot keeps rolling after no ticket matched all six numbers drawn Friday night – the white balls 1, 3, 6, 44 and 51, plus the gold Mega Ball 7.

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On only three previous occasions has the Mega Millions jackpot gone beyond $700 million, and all three times those rolls continued on past $1 billion.

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One was in January just two years ago, when the jackpot was eventually won in Michigan at $1.05 billion on January 22, 2021. Will history repeat itself with another billion-dollar January win?

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The game’s first billion-dollar jackpot came on October 23, 2018, when a South Carolina winner took home a $1.537 billion prize.

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That remains the record Mega Millions jackpot, although a third billion-dollar run came close last summer when an Illinois ticket won $1.337 billion on July 29.

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In the December 30 drawing alone, there were 2,776,599 winning tickets, with prizes ranging from $2 up to $1 million.

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One ticket, sold in Ohio, matched the five white balls to win the game’s $1 million second-tier prize

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One ticket, sold in Ohio, matched the five white balls to win the game’s $1 million second-tier prize

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