The Mega Millions jackpot has ballooned to $1.55 billion—the third-biggest ever—after 31 drawings pass without a winner

Why the Mega Millions jackpot has increased to $1.55 billion, the third-largest amount ever before Tuesday night's drawing, is obvious.

Since April 18, no one has been able to match the game's six winning numbers, meaning that there have been 31 drawings without a large winner.

prize has increased dramatically. The individual who eventually wins the top prize—which is slowly approaching the record lottery jackpot of $2.04 billion won in 2022

by a winner in California—may find the nearly four-month-long unlucky run all the more delicious.Merlin Smith, 

a retired real estate appraiser, stopped at a Minneapolis petrol station on Monday to purchase five tickets.

 He described the experience as "fun." "But you would be very disappointed if you were depending on winning."

The jackpot has remained worthless for a considerable amount of time, but Tuesday night's 32nd consecutive drawing since the last winner is still not a record. When the 36 draws for the Mega Millions jackpot finished on January 22, 2021,

someone won a $1.05 billion jackpot, making it the longest running jackpot run ever. When someone won the record $2.04 billion jackpot after 41 drawings, the Powerball reward set a record for the most lottery draws ever.

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