The lottery jackpot was an estimated $231 million with a cash option of $123.9 million, according to the Mega Millions website.

The last jackpot was won on July 29 when an Illinois lottery player won $1.337 billion - the top three lottery payouts in the United States.

Currently, the Powerball jackpot is $206 million with a cash option of $112.4 million, according to the Powerball website.

Until recently, lottery winners in New Jersey were required to be identified, but now winners will be able to stay anonymous under a new law that was signed by Gov. Phil Murphy.

Mega Millions takes place every Tuesday and Friday at 11 o'clock.

The cost is $2 per ticket, but you can add a Megaplier for $1

which will increase your winnings up to five times the first (excluding the jackpot).

Each player chooses five numbers from 1 to 70 for White Ball and one number from 1 to 25 for Mega Ball.

However, you can also have the lottery machine draw you out quickly.

Prizes vary from $2 for the matching the Mega Ball to $1 million for matching all five white balls to the jackpot for matching all six balls. You can check all the prize payouts on the Mega Millions site here.

You do not have to be a US citizen or resident of the same state where you purchased your ticket.

You can play the game in 45 states, plus the District of Columbia and the US Virgin Islands. States that do not offer Mega Millions are: Alabama, Alaska, Hawaii, Nevada and Utah.

Many grocery stores, gas stations and convenience stores sell lottery tickets. Some states allow you to buy Mega Millions tickets online, but beware of fraudulent websites.

In New Jersey, New York and Connecticut, tickets must be purchased by 10:45 p.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays to be included in that night's draw.

However, some states have different deadlines and may be more than an hour before the draw. Check your local lottery so you don't miss anything.

The big lottery in the United States offers two jackpot payment options: age and cash.

Cash options are paid over time. There is one immediate payment, then 29 payments per year thereafter, increasing by 5% per year.

The prize money is smaller than the advertised jackpot, but it is paid out with a pin. You don't have to wait decades for all the money.