Published: Fri, October 19, 2018
Finance | By Gustavo Carr

Mega Millions jackpot jumps to $970M ahead of Friday’s drawing

Mega Millions jackpot jumps to $970M ahead of Friday’s drawing

Powerball now rolls to an estimated $430 million for Friday's drawing, while the Mega Millions jackpot for tomorrow night has increased to $900 million.

The already record-high Mega Millions jackpot ballooned to a whopping $970 million on Thursday, according to lottery officials. The next drawing is Friday, where the estimated jackpot could top $1 billion.

- The Florida Lottery is warning people not to fall for a Mega Millions scam. "If you have not purchased a Mega Millions ticket, you can not win a prize", they say.

A single victor in New York City who opts for the US$548m cash jackpot would only bring home about half that much, US$276m, after all taxes are paid, according to calculations by H&R Block, a United States tax services company. That reflects the game's long odds, at one in 302.5 million.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report. A group of employees at a Wells Fargo & Co. branch in California won a $543 million Mega Millions jackpot in July. And one of those, sold in Texas, had the Megaplier option, available in most states for an extra $1.

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The Mega Millions jackpot is displayed as a customer leaves the Corner Market, on Wed., Oct. 17, 2018, in Lyndhurst, Ohio.

Good people of America, the lottery jackpots need to be stopped. There are smaller prizes, from $2 up to $1 million, for matching some, but not all, numbers.

You must match all five numbers plus the Mega number to win the grand prize.

Tuesday's Mega Millions winning numbers were 3, 45, 49, 61, 69 with a Mega Ball of 9 for a jackpot worth $667 million at the time.

Believe it or not, this week's combined billion-dollar haul is not the biggest prize in the lottery's history.

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