Mega Millions jackpot jumps to $970M ahead of Friday’s drawing

Mega Millions $900M, Powerball $430M Jackpots Await This Weekend

The largest lottery jackpot was a $1.6 billion Powerball prize won in January 2016. The previous largest Mega Millions jackpot - $656 million - was split by by winners in Kansas, Illinois and Maryland in 2012.

It's the largest Mega Millions jackpot ever and the second-largest lottery in history.

- The Mega Millions jackpot has gone up once again, just in time for Friday night's drawing.

Lottery officials raised the estimated prize to $970 million with a cash option of $548.6 million.

Excitement over the Mega Millions record has attracted attention from those who do not ordinarily buy tickets. Powerball odds are just slightly better at 1 in 292.2 million. Last year, they spent $72.97 billion on traditional lottery tickets, according to Gallup.

- Millions are on the line after this week's lottery drawings came and went with no victor.

Since 2012, 10 of the biggest lottery jackpots in US history have exceeded $500 million.

The prize is so big that Kurland said he will probably buy a ticket himself. "That's worth two dollars", said Robert Doty, the executive director of the Minnesota Lottery.

"Only when the jackpot is this huge", said Thomas.

While the odds of winning are a daunting 1-in-303 million - you're about 20,000 times more likely to be struck by lightning in your lifetime - it does happen. FALSE. Your odds of winning remain the same whether one person plays the game or a trillion.

If you go to the Minnesota Lottery headquarters in Roseville tomorrow between noon and 1 p.m., they're giving away one ticket each to the first 250 people that show up.

He calls these gamblers "infrequent players", and their participation helps boost jackpots to historic levels, he said. That is if you're numbers are called.

KDKA money editor Jon Delano admits he nearly never buys lottery tickets.

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