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


The U.S. Mega Millions lottery, after an 11-week spell without a victor, has amassed its third-largest jackpot ever, $548 million, which will be up for grabs in Friday night's drawing. The odds of winning the Mega Millions jackpot are 302,575,350 to 1. Those winning tickets were sold in California, Colorado, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

Mega Millions officials say no tickets matched all six numbers to claim the estimated $548 million grand prize.

Mega Millions appears to be the big draw lately. The jackpot has been growing since July 24, and the next drawing is set for Tuesday.

Numbers have been drawn for a lottery jackpot that would be the ninth-largest lottery in US history.

The jackpot victor will need to match numbers on all five white balls and the Mega Ball. 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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The $314 million ranks as the 24th-highest in the game's history and the 41st-highest combined jackpot ever i the U.S. But if you only match two white balls and don't match the yellow ball, you won't win anything. The unclaimed pot was at $548 million.

Jackpot winners have a choice to make: cash or annuity.

The Mega Millions jackpot is approaching $470 million.

The prize money is drawn from ticket sales in 44 USA states, the District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands. Aside from the 2012 Mega Millions, the other larger jackpots were the $758.7 million Powerball on August 23, 2017 and the $1.6 billion Powerball on January 13, 2016.