Mega Millions jackpot inches closer to $1 billion

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

The Mega Millions jackpot stands at $900 million, and will likely go up before Friday's drawing.

But no one picked the six winning Mega Millions numbers correctly, so the jackpot rolled over and soared even higher.

This week's Tuesday Mega Millions drawing had an estimated jackpot of $667 million, which would have been the game's biggest grand prize in history.

Powerball and Mega Millions are the two games with the largest payouts offered by the N.C. Education Lottery, and both are sold in many other states.

The jackpot keeps swelling because nobody has won since July 24, when 11 workers in a California office shared $543 million, the largest prize ever won on a single ticket in the game.

The cash option for Mega Millions is now at $548.6 million.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.




As of Thursday afternoon, the Mega Millions jackpot has grown to $970 million.

"Since these changes, three of the six largest Mega Millions jackpots have been paid out", he says.

And if you have noticed a run of eye-popping jackpots from Mega Millions and the similarly designed Powerball recently, that's by design, too.

The next Powerball drawing takes place 11 p.m. EDT Saturday. You can pick your own numbers or the computer will do it for you.

For an additional $1 you can get a "Megaplier" ticket that will increase the amount of the smaller prizes, but not the grand prize.

For an extra $1 you can get a "Power Play" ticket in which you can increase the amount of the smaller prizes, but not the grand prize.

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