Winning Mega Millions numbers drawn for estimated $785 million jackpot

The first Mega Millions game of the new year is among its largest, with an estimated $785 million jackpot.

The winning numbers for Tuesday's jackpot were 25, 29, 33, 41 and 44 and the Gold Mega Ball number was 18.

It's the fourth-largest jackpot in the lottery game's 20-plus-year history and the sixth-largest jackpot in U.S. history.

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The estimated $785 million prize can be paid with annual checks over 29 years or in a lump cash sum for an estimated $395 million.

The Mega Millions jackpot has continued to balloon over the past two-and-a-half months, with 22 drawings since the jackpot was last won on Oct. 14.

PHOTO: A person holds a Mega Millions lottery ticket in Tempe, Ariz., on Dec. 30, 2022. (Ross D. Franklin/AP)
PHOTO: A person holds a Mega Millions lottery ticket in Tempe, Ariz., on Dec. 30, 2022. (Ross D. Franklin/AP)

"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," Mega Millions said.

The most recent time was in July, when an anonymous ticket owner in Des Plaines, Illinois, won a historic $1.34 billion prize.

PHOTO: Jackpots That Have Hit At Least $700 Million (ABC News Photo Illustration)
PHOTO: Jackpots That Have Hit At Least $700 Million (ABC News Photo Illustration)

The Mega Millions jackpot is the largest since a single ticket in California won a record $2.04 billion Powerball jackpot on Nov. 8. A winner has yet to be announced.

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The odds of winning the Mega Millions' top prize are 1 in 302.6 million.

Mega Millions is played in 45 states plus Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The next drawing is Friday at 11 p.m. ET.

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