Mega Millions jackpot soars to more than half a billion

15 October, 2018, 02:16 | Author: Corey Lynch
  • It's not yet known whether anyone bought a winning ticket for Friday's jackpot

Saturday's Powerball drawing following a Mega Millions drawing on Friday night, for which there were also no winners.

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.

The jackpot's been growing since it was last won July 24.

If one were to match all five numbers and the mega number, which has the odds of 1 in 302 million, they would get to choose between a 30-year annuity or a cash payout.




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

The $470 million prize came with a $265.3 million cash payout option, according to Mega Millions.

Mega Millions is played in 44 states as well as Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Friday's drawing will be held at 10 p.m. The most recent Mega Ball was 18 on Tuesday night. There were 37 tickets that matched four white balls plus the Mega Ball on Tuesday. Alaska, Hawaii, Nevada, Utah, Alabama and MS do not participate. Saturday night's drawing will be worth $314 million.

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