Mega Millions Jackpot Is 4th Largest Ever

$502M prize up for grabs Friday
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 28, 2018 11:40 AM CDT
A customer buys a Mega Millions ticket at a store in downtown Chicago on July 7, 2017.   (AP Photo/G-Jun Yam)

(Newser) – The next Mega Millions lottery winner could take home the fourth largest jackpot in its history. No ticket matched Tuesday's six drawn numbers, meaning the jackpot climbs from $458 million to $502 million for Friday's drawing. It's just the fourth time the jackpot—last won by a 20-year-old Floridian on Jan. 5—has surpassed the half-billion dollar mark, per ABC News. The highest ever jackpot was $656 million won by three players exactly six years ago Friday, reports USA Today. (This case offers a lesson, should you win.)

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