The good news: No one did, and now everyone has a shot at winning the estimated $550 million jackpot (a very, very slim shot), according to the Illinois Lottery.
The next Mega Millions drawing is 10 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17. Tickets, which cost $1, can be purchased online ($5 minimum purchase online).
The increased jackpot is the largest jackpot since last year’s $656 million Mega Millions jackpot, which was split between winners in Kansas, Maryland and Redbud, Illinois.
This past October, the Mega Millions jackpot was upgraded to include larger, faster growing jackpots; second-place prizes of at least $1million; and better odds of winning smaller cash prizes, according to the Illinois Lottery.
Illinois residents 18 and over can try their luck at the Mega Millions $550 million jackpot while they are out and about by playing the game on their mobile phone via their mobile carriers’ Internet (3G, 4G and LTE) connection.
This convenience is currently available to AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless customers. Lottery players who do not use these carriers can still play via mobile devices by using a Wi-Fi connection.