$Half-Billion Mega Millions Jackpot Awaits Friday Drawing

Devin Lawrence
October 15, 2018

The Mega Millions drawing at 11 p.m. Friday has a jackpot of $548 million, the third-largest in the game's history and the ninth-largest of all jackpots played in the United States.

The estimated jackpot for that drawing would be the fourth-largest lottery prize in USA history.

If one were to match all five numbers and the mega number, which has the odds of 1 in 302 million, they would get to choose between a 30-year annuity or a cash payout.

The jackpot has grown since July, the last time a winning ticket was sold. Not bad for a couple of $2 tickets.

The winning numbers were 4-24-46-61-70 and a Mega Ball of 7. The payout was $309.2 million as the cash option.

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Mega Millions is played in 44 states as well as Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The most recent Mega Ball was 18 on Tuesday night.

The second-largest jackpot was $648 million.

Meanwhile, the Powerball jackpot was climbing steadily, as well.

The Powerball Jackpot for Saturday night is worth $314 million as of Friday afternoon. The odds of hitting the Powerball jackpot are 292,201,388 to 1.

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