Mega Millions players have chance at US’s 9th largest prize

LUCKY TICKET? Kenny Mcardle of Dorchester shows off the Mega Millions tickets he purchased at the 7 Eleven for today’s drawing. Staff

No Winning Mega Millions ticket, jackpot now $654 million

There was no big victor in Friday night's Mega Millions drawing, meaning the jackpot climbed to one of the largest in the game's history.

The odds of turning a $2 Mega Millions ticket into a victor of any kind, including a $2 prize simply for matching the "Mega ball", are one in 24.

One person in Arkansas did win $3 million Friday by matching all five of the white balls.

The estimated $654 million total is the second-highest in the game's history.

The prize would be the largest jackpot in more than nine months.

The biggest prize won on a single ticket was for $543 million. And on Friday night, one of them could be worth more than half a billion dollars.

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The lump sum payout will be at least $309 million, Mega Millions said.

The Mega Millions jackpot is approaching $470 million.

The prize has been growing for 23 consecutive drawings since July 24.

NY has sold the most Mega Millions jackpot winnings in game history, with 35 wins in the last 16 years.

The Powerball drawing, set for Saturday at 10:59 p.m., has a jackpot of $314 million.

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