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If there were an Olympics of passports, Japan wouldn’t just be hosting it — it would be winning the whole competition

(CNN) — If there was an Olympics of passports, Japan wouldn’t just be hosting it — it’d be winning the whole competition.

The Henley Passport Index, which has been regularly monitoring the world’s most travel-friendly passports since 2006, has released its latest rankings and analysis.

As the index doesn’t take temporary restrictions into account, Japan is once again top of the leaderboard, with its passport offering visa-free or visa-on-arrival access to 193 destinations around the world.

However, the Henley & Partners report says, in the first quarter of 2021 international mobility was still only 12% of its pre-pandemic levels, meaning “the gulf between theoretical and actual travel access offered by even high-ranking passports remains significant.”

In the real world, holders of Japanese passports theoretically have access right now to fewer than 80 destinations — about the same as the index ranking of Saudi Arabia, which sits down in 71st place (while Saudis currently have actual travel access to just 58 destinations).

The passport top 10 remains virtually unchanged as we enter the second half of the year, with Singapore remaining in second place (with a score of 192) and South Korea tying with Germany in third place (with a score of 191).

Again, in real-world terms, it’s a little different. Holders of Singaporean passports can right now access fewer than 75 destinations (equivalent to the index ranking of Kazakhstan, which is down in 74th place).

China and UAE biggest climbers

Even countries with highly successful Covid-19 vaccine rollouts are still bound by travel restrictions. The US and the UK are in joint seventh place on the index, alongside Switzerland, Belgium and New Zealand — having both steadily declined in passport power since holding the top spot together in 2014.

In theory, US and UK passport holders are able to access 187 destinations around the world, but the reality is that doors are only open to UK travelers in fewer than 60 destinations, while the US is just ahead at 61. That puts them on a par with Uzebkistan and Rwanda’s index rankings respectively.

As usual, most of the remaining top 10 spots on the index are held by EU countries. Finland, Italy, Luxembourg, Spain are in fourth place; Austria, Denmark are at number five; while France, Ireland, Netherlands, Portugal and Sweden are together at number six. In terms of travel freedom, the big success stories of the past decade have been China and the United Arab Emirates.

Since 2011, China has climbed 22 places — from 90th position to 68th — while the UAE has gone all the way from No. 65 to No. 15. Its work on strengthening diplomatic ties around the world now means that its citizens are allowed easy access to 174 destinations, compared to the 67 destinations of a decade ago.

Japan holds onto the top spot for 2021.

Japan holds onto the top spot for 2021.


Passport inequality

Christian H. Kaelin, chair of Henley & Partners, says that while we don’t know how long travel restrictions will continue, it’s clear that global mobility will be severely hampered for at least the rest of this year. “In many countries, serious doubts have arisen as to the ability to handle a global crisis, with the subsequent embrace of more inward-looking priorities.”

He adds, “Increasing isolationism and deglobalization will no doubt have profound consequences, among them further damage to the world’s economy (and) a significant reduction in global mobility.”

Henley has commissioned exclusive research and analysis, finding that international leisure travel remains less than 10% of pre-Covid levels and is largely regional.

There is also rising passport inequality in this new era.

Japanese passport holders have visa-free or visa-on-arrival access to 167 more destinations than citizens of Afghanistan, who are at the bottom of the ranking as they can only visit 26 places without needing a visa in advance. That’s the biggest gap between countries since the index began, says Henley & Partners.

The decade ahead

“Widespread adoption of Covid passports appears to be an imminent reality for those able to access them,” says Robert Maciejewski, CEO of SIP Medical Family Office in Switzerland, in Henley’s report.

“Even if a legal obligation to obtain a Covid passport is unlikely in most democratic countries, not having one will probably result in de facto restrictions of your freedom, whether it comes to travel or to daily routine activities.”

Due to the global disparities in terms of vaccine access and rollout programs,”Covid passports will no doubt further widen passport inequality worldwide,” says Henley’s Kaelin.

IATA, the global trade association for airlines, welcomes the move by many countries to let vaccinated travelers skip quarantine, but also warns that the freedom to travel is something that should be available to all.

Willie Walsh, IATA’s director general, says, “Data shows us that vaccinated travelers should not be restricted. And screening can safely open borders for those without access to vaccination.”

The Henley report also comments on the protectionist approach taken by many governments in response to the pandemic, and the adoption of inward-looking policies. It suggests that if more countries took a collaborative approach, it would have have more beneficial effects globally.

Greg Lindsay, director of applied research at Canada-based non-profit NewCities, says: “As global cities and nations alike grapple with the ramifications of Covid-19, it’s critical they realize the true nature of the threat — and opportunity — before them.

Rather than dwelling on wealthy former residents now working from their second or third homes, they must focus on restoring the flow of immigrants. The cities that make themselves most hospitable to new arrivals in the wake of the pandemic are poised to be the capitals of the new Roaring Twenties.”

German passport at easyPass at Frankfurt International Airport

Germany has the highest-ranking European passport.

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The best passports to hold in 2021 are:

1. Japan (193 destinations)

2. Singapore (192)

3. Germany, South Korea (191)

4. Finland, Italy, Luxembourg, Spain (190)

5. Austria, Denmark (189)

6. France, Ireland, Netherlands, Portugal, Sweden (188)

7. Belgium, New Zealand, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States (187)

8. Czech Republic, Greece, Malta, Norway (186)

9. Australia, Canada (185)

10. Hungary (184)

The worst passports to hold

Several countries around the world have visa-free or visa-on-arrival access to fewer than 40 countries. These include:

108. North Korea (39 destinations)

109. Nepal (38)

110. Palestinian territories (37)

111. Somalia (34)

112. Yemen (33)

113. Pakistan (32)

114. Syria (29)

115. Iraq (28)

116. Afghanistan (26)

Other indexes

Henley & Partner’s list is one of several indexes created by financial firms to rank global passports according to the access they provide to their citizens.

The Henley Passport Index is based on data provided by the International Air Transport Authority (IATA) and covers 199 passports and 227 travel destinations. It is updated in real time throughout the year, as and when visa policy changes come into effect.

Arton Capital’s Passport Index takes into consideration the passports of 193 United Nations member countries and six territories — ROC Taiwan, Macau (SAR China), Hong Kong (SAR China), Kosovo, Palestinian Territory and the Vatican. Territories annexed to other countries are excluded.

Its mid-2021 index has New Zealand in the top spot, with a visa-free/visa-on-arrival score of 136.

Hukum back to winning ways in Silver Cup

Hukum claimed a second Group Three prize when triumphant in the John Smith’s Silver Cup Stakes at York.

The Shadwell-owned colt is also already a Listed winner and was last seen finishing third behind Wonderful Tonight in the Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Ridden by Jim Crowley and trained by Owen Burrows, the four-year-old finished a length and three-quarters ahead of Archie Watson’s Outbox.

“He’s such a consistent horse,” Burrows said of the 3-1 favourite. “That was a big run at Ascot and the form is working out well.

“He’s a Group Three winner again, he travelled well and he did it nicely.

“This ground helps, it’s better than it was at Ascot but you can’t say he doesn’t handle it, he’s just better on nice, lovely, good ground.”

‘La Trinidad could win a nice race’

La Trinidad continued his progression to take the John Smith’s Racing Handicap at 13-2 for Rowan Scott and Roger Fell.

The gelding was victorious last month on the Knavesmire, striking in a nine-furlong handicap to earn himself a 6lb rise in the weights, but the increased burden did little to hinder him in sealing back to back York wins when he prevailed by half a length.

“I was bullish about him,” Fell said. “La Trinidad is going the right way, I’ve always thought he was a good horse.

“We won’t over-race him and he could win a nice race.”

Goobinator gave trainer Donald McCain a first York winner when taking the John Smith’s Stayers’ Handicap under Paul Mulrennan.

The five-year-old has been campaigned on the Flat since a heavy fall under the National Hunt code at Musselburgh in January and gained a second victory on the level when taking the extended two-mile contest by three-quarters of a length at 12-1.

“He just lost his way, he had a terrible fall at Musselburgh that just wasn’t his fault,” McCain said. “He lost his confidence completely with jumping, he was getting so high in the air, but the ability is still there.

“He won the Scottish Champion Hurdle trial up at Ayr and he looked like he was going the right way but he’s gone the wrong way because of that fall, so it’s just nice to get him back on track – we’ll look for another one now.”

Atomic Lady (9-2) backed up her first career success at Ripon last month with another win, this time taking the John Smith’s Nursery Handicap by a length and three quarters.

The filly raced alone towards the outer rail for much of the race and saw off a challenge from 7-2 joint-favourite Silken Petals to prevail.

Euro 2020: Diverse England football team that is winning fans

Hannah Kumari has been an English football fan since childhood, but she never wanted to fly an England flag. Until now.

Kumari is one of the millions of fans ecstatic that England’s men’s team has reached the final of a major tournament – Euro 2020 – for the first time since it won the 1966 World Cup.

But like many British people of colour, she has had an ambivalent relationship with symbols of Englishness.

Yet, embracing them has come more easily, thanks to the young, multiethnic squad that is on the cusp of triumph in the European Championship.

After beating Denmark 2-1 in a semi-final that was watched by half the country’s population, England face Italy in the final at London’s Wembley Stadium on Sunday.

“When I woke up this morning I thought, ‘I’m going to buy a St. George’s flag to hang out the window for Sunday,’” Kumari, who was born and raised in England to an Indian mother and Scottish father, said the day after the Denmark game.

“I’ve never owned an England shirt. Something has definitely changed. I feel almost like that team has given me permission to feel like I can wear an England shirt.”

The last few years have been hard on England and the rest of the UK.

Britain’s exit from the European Union – a decision driven in part by a backlash against immigration – left the country scratchy and divided.

More than 128,000 people have died in the UK during the coronavirus pandemic, the highest toll in Western Europe.

But the Euros have provided a much-needed jolt of excitement and fun. Millions weary of lockdowns and bad news are backing a team whose members speak out against racism, take a knee before games, support LGBTQ pride, campaign against poverty and, crucially, win games.

For decades, supporting England has been synonymous with dashed hopes.

The lyrics of the country’s most popular football anthem “Three Lions” – originally released in 1996 – evokes England’s 1966 triumph and the long drought that followed: “Thirty years of hurt, never stopped me dreaming.”

Those 30 years have become 55, but once again England are dreaming.

The country’s hopes rest on a team very different from the all-white squad of 1966.

A poster created by the Museum of Migration showed what the England team would look like without the players who had a parent or grandparent born abroad: just three of the 11 starting players remained.

Missing were stars including captain Harry Kane, whose father is Irish; Marcus Rashford, whose mother is from Saint Kitts; Jamaica-born Raheem Sterling; and Buyako Saka, a Londoner with Nigerian parents.

The team is known less for wild off-the-pitch antics than for social responsibility, epitomised by 23-year-old Rashford’s campaign against child poverty, which convinced the government to restore free lunches for thousands of poor children.

Last week, Kane, 27, wore a rainbow armband to support LGBTQ pride during England’s match against Germany.

The players may be young multimillionaires, but they celebrate their local as well as international roots.

Rashford’s childhood in a working-class Manchester community inspires his anti-poverty work; Kalvin Phillips is a proud son of the northern city of Leeds; Sterling calls himself the “boy from Brent” after the London borough where he grew up.

For some, their success is helping to make Englishness a source of pride rather than awkwardness.

“There has been an enormous intergenerational shift towards a civic and inclusive English identity that crosses ethnic and faith grounds,” said Sunder Katwala, director of the equality think-tank British Future.

“Most migrants to Britain haven’t identified as English, but interestingly, their children have.”

Katwala said sports teams and tournaments do not drive social change but “ratify that shift that has been happening in society”.

“When I was a teenager, we associated football with all of the negative aspects of English identity: violence, racism, hooliganism,” Katwala said.

He said the modern, multicultural England team is part of a “culture shift” that has “changed the public conversation about what is English”.

England fans celebrate after their team’s victory against Denmark [Pool via Reuters]

Not everyone thinks the national football team represents all that is best about England.

Some conservative commentators have derided the players as uncomfortably “woke”.

Team members have been booed by some fans while taking a knee against racism before games.

Home Secretary Priti Patel has criticised the kneeling, calling it “gesture politics” and declined to condemn the booing.

Victory has silenced much of the criticism, at least temporarily.

Politicians have jumped on the England bandwagon. Conservative Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who has often criticised protests over racism and Britain’s imperial past, attended Wednesday’s game, awkwardly wearing an England jersey over his dress shirt.

He is under pressure to declare a national holiday if England win the final on Sunday.

‘Southgate school of leadership’

Some have compared Britain’s political leaders unfavourably to the national team’s understated manager, Gareth Southgate, who forged his young players into England’s most cohesive squad in many years.

Opposition Labour Party MP Thangam Debbonaire urged Johnson to study at “the Gareth Southgate school of leadership”.

“The British people will be asking themselves who they want to lead them. Do they want someone who works hard and has a relentless focus on embodying British values, or do they want the current prime minister?” Debbonaire said in the House of Commons.

Southgate addressed the team’s critics in an open letter at the start of the tournament, saying his players would not “stick to football” and keep quiet about social issues.

“I have a responsibility to the wider community to use my voice, and so do the players,” he wrote.

“It’s clear to me that we are heading for a much more tolerant and understanding society, and I know our lads will be a big part of that.”

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Award Winning Journalist and Author, Alicia Doyle, Examines the Upward Trend in Support of Legal Same-Sex Marriage

Award Winning Journalist and Author, Alicia Doyle

LOS ANGELES, CA, UNITED STATES, July 7, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — U.S. support for legal same-sex marriage continues to trend upward, now at 70% — a new high in Gallup’s trend since 1996. This latest figure marks an increase of 10 percentage points since 2015, when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that all states must recognize same-sex marriages.

Award Winning Journalist and Author, Alicia Doyle has some thoughts on the matter. “Unions of the same sex have a long history, with records showing such marriages going back as far as the first century A.D, states Doyle. “These unions occurred in Rome, regions in China, and Ancient Greece, as well as Europe.”

The current 70% also marks a 10 percentage point increase since 2015, when the Supreme Court ruled same-sex couples could marry in any state.
The increase is largely driven by the changing views of Republicans, who were previously generally opposed to legalizing same-sex marriages, according to Gallup.

Doyle continues, “While it’s hopeful that 70% of Americans support legal same-sex marriage, it’s disheartening that 30% in the U.S. still don’t believe all human beings are worthy of marrying the person they love.”

This year’s poll marks the first time a majority of Republicans support same-sex marriage, with 55% in favor of legal recognition. Democratic support is at 83%, about the level it has been over the past few years. Independents are slightly more in favor of it than in years past, with support in that group at 73%.

“Acceptance remains low because of religious fundamentalism polluting a civil/legal matter, such as marriage,” concludes Doyle. “The inability of the general public to move on from archaic definitions of marriage and biblical suggestions that made sense in societies long gone – which were made to fuel population growth which is no longer a concern – is still surprising, and scarily suggestive of wide spread ignorance.”

While there are still differences between age groups that support same-sex marriage, there is increased support across the board — 84% of young adults, 72% of middle-aged adults, and 60% of older adults say they are in favor of same-sex marriages. The data comes from Gallup’s annual Values and Beliefs poll, which was conducted last month.


Alicia Doyle

Alicia Doyle is the author of the acclaimed autobiographical book, “Fighting Chance“. Since it was published in February of 2020 – just one month before the global pandemic hit – it has won three literary awards: First Place in Creative Nonfiction and Memoir in the 2020 North Street Book Prize Winning Writers Competition; 2020 WBAN “Cool Story of the Year”; and 2021 Best Autobiographical Book.

In April of 2020, Slavica Bogdanov, a 20-time-awarded Canadian screenwriter and owner of Empowering Entertainment, partnered with Doyle to bring her true story to the Silver Screen.

Doyle, a journalist for more than three decades, discovered boxing at age 28 in the late 1990s when she went on assignment at a boxing gym for at-risk youth. For two years, Doyle simultaneously worked as a newspaper reporter while training and competing as a boxer, making her one of only a few hundred women in America who infiltrated this male-dominated sport. During her boxing career, she won two Golden Gloves championship titles and earned three wins by knockout – and her pro debut at age 30 in the year 2000 was named The California Female Fight of the Year.

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$25,000 winning Texas lottery ticket sold at Spring convenience store

SPRING, Texas (KTRK) — Someone in Spring just got $ 25,000 richer!

A winning ticket for Tuesday night’s Cash Five drawing was sold at a convenience store in Spring.

The ticket was sold at Fuel Zone #07, which is attached to the Chevron station located at 802 Louetta Road.

Check your ticket! The winner got all five numbers, which were 7 14 19 26 30.

The winning ticket must be claimed no later than 180 days after the draw date.

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Emma Raducanu ‘dreams’ of winning Wimbledon as British star gets ready for fourth round

The results mean that Raducanu will face Australian Ajla Tomljanovic on Court One on Monday afternoon.

Theoretically, it will not be her sternest test of the tournament so far as her most recent opponent, Sorana Cirstea is ranked higher by the WTA.

Tomljanovic is ranked at number 75, and with women’s tennis excitingly unpredictable Raducanu will certainly have real hope of progressing to the final eight.

Former Wimbledon champion Boris Becker claimed that the Brit ‘has a chance’ of winning the whole thing, while she goes into her tie with her Australian opponent neck and neck according to the bookmakers.

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China winning race to manufacture semiconductor chips, Sen. Cornyn says

AUSTIN (Nexstar) — America needs to think differently when it comes to boosting manufacturing of semiconductor chips, according to the senior Senator from Texas.

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, said in a roundtable discussion with tech leaders Monday that China dominated the semiconductor supply during the pandemic and America’s supply fell behind, causing supply chain problems.

“What China is doing is they want to become the dominant economy, and the dominant superpower in the world, and that’s a vulnerability for the United States, both economically and from a national security standpoint,” Cornyn said.

Semiconductors, usually made of silicon wafers cut down to fit the size of the product they’re in, are found in appliances, computers, cars, smartphones, and other technological equipment.

“There’s been a significant gap between the strong demand and the supply in the overall industry for automotive semiconductors,” said Steve Frezon, senior vice president of front end operations at NXP, a semiconductor manufacturing company based in the Netherlands with two Austin facilities.

Touring Samsung’s Austin semiconductor manufacturing site, Cornyn said the problem has gotten worse, not better.

“Employees at car manufacturing facilities are being laid off, because there is not a reliable supply of semiconductors needed to build those cars,” he noted. “All of our cars are becoming more and more like computers on wheels.”

Congress passed legislation last year to incentivize American companies to produce semiconductors. The bipartisan Creating Helpful Incentives to Produce Semiconductors (CHIPS) for America Act took effect Jan. 1. It created grant programs, established public-private partnerships with the Department of Defense, and grew the Department of Commerce to focus on research, prototyping, and semiconductor industry workforce training.

But Congress still needs to pass a funding mechanism for the legislation, or it remains hollow. The spending bill passed the Senate on June 8, and is awaiting a House vote.

“The pandemic taught us a lot of really important lessons, and to me, this was the number one lesson that we can’t just… import products made overseas, just because it’s cheaper to make it there,” Cornyn explained. “There are some strategic investments we need to make here in the United States and particularly when it comes to semiconductors, I think that’s the start.”

Jon Taylor, the vice president of fab engineering at Samsung Austin Semiconductor, said expansion is critical to future success.

“We’ve optimized our current capacity and the only way for us to meet the demand going forward is through expansion,” he said at the roundtable.

The price tag to fully fund the legislation totals $ 52 billion, Cornyn conceded, explaining that it will pay off to protect America’s interests.

“We’re working hand in glove with the administration and the Secretary of Commerce, so this is not a partisan issue,” he said. “This is just something we need to get done and maintain our vigilance, so that it does get done before we fall prey to this vulnerability.”

Photojournalist Chris Nelson contributed to this report.

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Man Utd's Harry Maguire has given England's chances of winning Euro 2020 huge boost

There is no conclusive evidence yet that football is coming home but with their Wembley route booked and their defensive captain restored England took a positive step forward last night.

Thrown in to start his first match for six and a half weeks, Harry Maguire came through with flying colours to deliver a significant shot in the arm to England’s ambitions of going deep into these Euros. That they will now attempt to do so with home advantage in all but one of their games offers up a tantalising opportunity.

Asked to go from nought to 60 with the Euros’ joint leading scorer Patrik Schick in town, Maguire looked as if he had never been away, seeing him off after 75 minutes. As a test run for the knockout stages it was just what Gareth Southgate would have hoped for.

However watertight England have been up to this point Southgate will be relieved to have him back. He championed the Manchester United captain before kick-off as the best English defender in the Premier League last season and it was instructive that it was John Stones rather than Maguire who was withdrawn in the closing stages as the tournament’s misers delivered a third successive clean sheet.

Recalling Maguire was a rough call on Tyrone Mings, who came on for Stones late on, but the fact is he does offer England something extra.

While the headers he wins and the blocks he puts in are the bread and butter and the crunching challenge which put a hole in Tomas Holes a reminder of his physical presence, it is his distribution which adds an additional dimension.

Maguire might have flexed his damaged ankle somewhat concerningly during the Czech anthem but there was no issue when the action started, certainly not with the precision pass to Harry Kane in the 25th minute which split the visitors wide open.

It was a risk by Southgate to reintroduce him from the start but one with a safety net in the knowledge that whatever happened, England were in the last 16.

Stress-free games for England at a major tournament are few and far between but here was a match where those watching could relax for once.

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Odd how things work out isn’t it? The 0-0 draw that saw England booed off the Wembley pitch against Scotland turned out to have put them through with a game to spare.

The only audible boos from the crowd last night came when news of Scotland’s equaliser against Croatia came up on the big screen and the odd murmur when Jack Grealish was replaced.

There might have been some when England took the knee but it was hard to tell music from the PA system and loud applause combining to ensure it remained unheard. If the gesture ever was a moment of reflection, it isn’t any more.

It was though on the whole a feelgood night at Wembley. Against potentially tricky opponents England were dominant. The Czechs were restricted to just one shot on target.

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If the home crowd would have liked to have seen some more attacking action in the second half from England after a bright opening period then at least they were able to savour victory.

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Southern California's Chayce Beckham reacts to winning 'American Idol' as 'boy next door'

Sunday marked a big night for Southern California’s “American Idol” finalist Chayce Beckham who was named this season’s winnerBeckham is heading from Apple Valley, California, to Nashville, Tennessee, where he’ll continue his career in music.

The 24-year-old was the last contestant standing from thousands of hopefuls who wanted to win the coveted title. In a tight race, America picked the Inland Empire native.”I’m just like your buddy down the street, I’m your co-worker, I’m your nephew, I’m your grandson,” Chayce Beckham told George Pennacchio, Eyewitness News’ entertainment guru. “Singing the songs that I got to sing and sharing my story, I feel like a lot of people know somebody like that. I think it’s a little bit easier to connect with the song when you can bring it home.”

And the new ‘American Idol’ is….

Beckham said being a “better vocalist” than the other two finalists, Willie Spence and Grace Kinstler.

“Good lord can they sing. But I think that the only thing that I brought to the table was just connectivity, and being able to share my heart with people,” Beckham said. “I told everybody the truth when I was singing, and thank God they believed me.”

Judge Lionel Richie agreed.

“Where he was going with his country sound, with his raspy voice, with his aw-shucks attitude and personality. He’s the boy next door. He’s got it,” Richie said.Spence, the 21-year-old from Georgia, was this season’s runner-up.

Kinstler, the 20-year-old from the Chicago area, came in third.

Grace Kinstler revered as ‘hometown hero’ despite ‘American Idol’ finale

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Mega Millions jackpot at $515M for winning numbers drawing tonight

Mega Millions jackpot

The Mega Millions jackpot is up to $ 515 million for the winning numbers drawing Friday night.

The winning numbers for last Tuesday’s drawing were: 3-5-56-61-66 Mega Ball: 4

The grand prize comes with a cash option of $ 346.3 million. In the game’s 19-year history, there have only been eight larger jackpots.

The jackpot has been growing since a $ 96 million jackpot was on February 16, 2021.

Lottery jackpots: Things to consider if you win

The odds of matching all five numbers and the Mega Ball are 1 in 302,575,350. Tickets are sold in 45 states and the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Drawings are at 11 p.m. (ET) every Tuesday and Friday

A look at the 10 largest U.S. jackpots that have been won and the states where the winning tickets were sold:

1. $ 1.586 billion, Powerball, Jan. 13, 2016 (three tickets, from California, Florida, Tennessee)
2. $ 1.537 billion, Mega Millions, Oct. 23, 2018 (one ticket, South Carolina)
3. $ 1.050 billion, Mega Millions, Jan. 22, 2021 (one ticket, Michigan)
4. $ 768.4 million, Powerball, March 27, 2019 (one ticket, Wisconsin)
5. $ 758.7 million, Powerball, Aug. 23, 2017 (one ticket, from Massachusetts)
6. 731.1 million, Powerball, Jan. 20, 2021 (one ticket, from Maryland)
7. $ 687.8 million, Powerball, Oct. 27, 2018 (two tickets, from Iowa and New York)
8. $ 656 million, Mega Millions, March 30, 2012 (three tickets, from Kansas, Illinois and Maryland)
9. $ 648 million, Mega Millions, Dec. 17, 2013 (two tickets, from California and Georgia)
10. $ 590.5 million, Powerball, May 18, 2013 (one ticket, from Florida)

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