Mega Millions jackpot nears record

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The Mega Millions jackpot is now $654 million, just $2 million short of the lottery's record.

There's $345 million up for grabs.

The bloated payouts are a function of a jackpot drought. That's the fourth largest lottery prize in USA history.

The Mega Millions lotto drawing is up to $521 million, March 30, 2018. Combined with the Powerball jackpot, which is now at $345 million, the jackpots have reached a total of $999 million.

The chance of matching all six numbers is one in 302 million.

The estimated prize is just shy of the all-time game record of $656 million set in 2012.

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The first one was returned 28 yards by Jonathan Joseph for the winning touchdown with 1:23 left in the game. Allen was injured when Houston's Whitney Mercilus hit his right elbow with his helmet after Allen's pass.

And Friday's Mega Millions wasn't a complete bust. But cheer up! There are often secondary prizes to these huge drawings that can be worth millions of dollars, and a shocking amount of them go unclaimed - probably because people get too focused on the biggest possible way to win.

Virginia Lottery says it expects to sell more than 1.1 million tickets on Tuesday for that day's drawing. A record $3.62 million jackpot was claimed July 29, 2017.

The next Powerball drawing will be held on Wednesday.

The winning numbers for the Oct drawing were 27-28-32-41-69 and Mega Ball 12.

"Jackpot fever is definitely sweeping the country!' Medenica said".

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