Thursday, 15 November, 2018

Mega Millions jackpot soars to $548 million ahead of Friday night drawing

No Winning Mega Millions ticket, jackpot now $654 million No winner in Mega Millions Friday
Lindsey Cook | 15 October, 2018, 01:24

The Mega Millions jackpot climbs to $654 million after no one won the $548 million in Friday's drawing.

A lucky victor could take home an estimated $548 million in winnings prior to taxes or opt for the cash option, which is estimated to be $309.2 million, after tonight's drawing. It would also be the fourth-largest winning jackpot in USA history, with two Powerball drawings outranking the highest Mega Millions totals. The chance of matching all six numbers and winning the jackpot is one in 302.5 million.

An in-state Megabucks Doubler drawing will also take place tomorrow for an estimated $3.3 million in winnings.

The largest Mega Millions jackpot topped out at $656 million in 2012, followed by $648 million a year later. Not bad for a couple of $2 tickets.

Need a lucky spot to get your Mega Millions ticket? Those who take the cash will receive a one-time lump-sum equal to all the cash in the prize pool - which was $309.2 million for Friday night's drawing.

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If you're looking for a tiny hint: the numbers 17 and 12 have been drawn twice as Mega Balls since August 31.

The estimated $548 million prize would be the largest jackpot in more than nine months.

Jackpot winners have a choice to make: cash or annuity. The next drawing at 11 p.m. EDT Friday will offer the ninth-largest jackpot in US history.

To play: Select five balls 1-69 and a Powerball 1-26.

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