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Mega Millions Jackpot Jumps to Nearly $1 Billion in Friday’s Drawing


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Mega Millions lottery tickets. Photo via @nypost Twitter

No tickets were sold matching all six numbers in the latest drawing of the multi-state Mega Millions lottery, and the estimated jackpot for Friday’s drawing will be $940 million, the sixth-largest in U.S. lottery history.

The numbers drawn Tuesday were 25, 29, 33, 41, 44 and the Mega number was 18. Tuesday’s jackpot was $785 million. It was the 23rd drawing since the last time a ticket with all six numbers was sold.

No tickets were sold in California matching five numbers, which would have been worth a little over $1.4 million, according to state lottery officials. Six tickets matching five numbers were sold in Arizona, Maryland, Mississippi, South Dakota, Texas and Virginia, according to the Multi-State Lottery Association, which conducts the game.

The ones sold in Arizona, Mississippi and South Dakota are each worth $4 million because the players utilized the Megaplier option, where for an additional $1 any non-jackpot prize is multiplied by the Megaplier number drawn.

The others are each worth $1 million.

The odds of matching all five numbers and the Mega number are 1 in 302,575,350, according to the California Lottery. The overall chance of winning a prize is 1 in 24.

The Mega Millions game is played in 45 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. Virgin Islands.

City News Service contributed to this article.


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