$Half-Billion Mega Millions Jackpot Awaits Friday Drawing

Marcus Newton
October 14, 2018

The Mega Millions winning numbers will be drawn Friday night and Powerball's winning numbers will be drawn on Saturday.

Mega Millions and Powerball's combined jackpot totals $862 million with Mega Millions prized at $548 million and Powerball at $314 million.

The largest Mega Millions grand prize was $656 million, won in 2012. The next drawing at 11 p.m. EDT Friday will offer the ninth-largest jackpot in US history. The chance of matching all six numbers and winning the jackpot is one in 302.5 million.

Need a lucky spot to get your Mega Millions ticket? The drawing is at 10:59 p.m. Friday night and you can buy tickets up until 10:45 p.m.at retailers or online.

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The cash option for Friday's jackpot would be a lump-sum amount estimated at $309 million before federal taxes. A victor who opted for a cash payout would receive $309 million, minus taxes. The Powerball lottery holds the overall record with a $1.586 billion payout in 2016.

The jackpot has grown since July, the last time a winning ticket was sold.

The Mega Millions jackpot is approaching $470 million.

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