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Mega Millions jackpot raised to $1 billion for Friday’s drawing

January 22, 2021 Posted by NC Lottery at 1:56 PM

North Carolinians playing Mega Millions on Friday night will have their chance at winning a billion-dollar jackpot.

Due to strong Mega Millions sales, the estimated jackpot was raised to a $1 billion annuity or $739 million cash. The Mega Millions jackpot has been rolling since September 18, 2020.

Tonight’s drawing ranks as the:

  • 2nd largest jackpot in Mega Millions history.
  • 3rd largest jackpot in U.S. lottery history.

“It would be thrilling to see someone from North Carolina win this historic jackpot,” said Mark Michalko, executive director of the N.C. Education Lottery. “This is exciting, but we remind everyone to remember it only takes one ticket to win. If you buy your ticket in store, please practice COVID safety measures to keep everyone safe too.”

The odds of winning a Mega Millions jackpot are 1 in 302.5 million. From Sept. 18 through Jan. 19, Mega Millions sales in North Carolina raised an estimated $19.3 million for education. Every $2 Mega Millions ticket sold raises 76 cents for education in North Carolina.

Players can buy $2 Powerball or Mega Millions tickets at any lottery retail location, through Online Play on the lottery’s website,, or by using the NC Lottery Official Mobile App.


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1/23/2021 02:09 - sherrick G.

vici!!! 2021 New Bern,NC This must be a dream.

1/22/2021 06:38 - Sam O.

I have not been able to play the lottery for at least a year. The lottery says I do not live I NC where I have resided for over 40 years. I have called and carried out their instructions several times but no luck. I just gave up but you still have $80 of mine in your bank NC Lottery
Hi Sam, We are sorry to hear this has been an on-going problem for you. It sounds as if there are issues with the geolocation technology that determines your location at the time of checkout. This can be impacted by many factors and the technical support staff at 1-855-767-1863 is best equipped to assist in resolving these issues. Please consider contacting them again. If a resolution is not possible through technical support, please contact the NCEL’s customer support group Monday though Friday at 877-382-4530. Thank you.

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