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Mega Millions jackpot climbs to $1.35 billion ahead of Friday night drawing

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The estimated jackpot is the second-largest in the lottery game’s history.

The next drawing for Mega Millions’ mega-billion jackpot is Friday night.

The lottery game’s jackpot has grown over several months to an estimated $1.35 billion. That figure would be the second-largest Mega Millions jackpot ever and the fourth-largest in U.S. lotto history when also factoring in Powerball jackpots.

The estimated cash payout for the top prize is $659.5 million.

PHOTO: A Mega Millions wagering slip is held in Cranberry Township, Pa., Jan. 12, 2023.

A Mega Millions wagering slip is held in Cranberry Township, Pa., Jan. 12, 2023.

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The jackpot has continued to climb since it was last won on April 18. Friday’s drawing marks the 31st in this current run.

“There’s always an air of excitement around the country when Mega Millions jackpots soar,” Georgia Lottery President and CEO Gretchen Corbin, lead director of the Mega Millions Consortium, said in a statement. “The growing jackpot is a source of entertainment and winnings for players while generating important dollars for the good causes supported by each lottery. We are grateful for our players, appreciate our hardworking retailers, and remind everyone to play responsibly.”

PHOTO: Top 10 Largest Lottery Jackpots

Top 10 Largest Lottery Jackpots

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Players must match all five numbers plus the Mega Ball number to claim the jackpot. The odds of winning the jackpot are 1 in 302,575,350.

The previous four $1 billion Mega Million jackpots were won in 2018, 2021, 2022 and January 2023.

Mega Millions is played in 45 states, Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Tickets are $2 for one play. Friday’s drawing takes place at 11 p.m. ET.

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