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2nd-Largest Lottery Prize in US History Is Up for Grabs

Mega Millions jackpot climbs to $868M
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 17, 2018 8:21 AM CDT
This July 1, 2016, file photo shows Mega Millions lottery tickets on a counter at a Pilot travel center near Burlington, NC.   (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)

(Newser) – No winning lottery ticket was sold for the latest Mega Millions drawing, meaning the jackpot climbs to $868 million—the second-largest lottery prize in US history. The record lottery jackpot was a $1.6 billion Powerball prize won in January 2016. This time around, the jackpot has been growing since July, when a group of California office workers won $543 million, reports the AP. The next drawing will be Friday.

Mega Millions officials say no tickets matched all six numbers to claim the estimated $667 million grand prize in Tuesday night's drawing. The numbers were 3, 45, 49, 61, 69, and Mega Ball 9. It costs $2 to play the game, but the odds of winning the jackpot aren't good. The chance of matching all six numbers and taking home the grand prize is one in 302.5 million. Mega Millions is played in 44 states as well as Washington, DC, and the US Virgin Islands. Check out this list of the top 10 largest US jackpots and the states where the winning tickets were sold.

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