Mega Millions jackpot jumps to $970M as drawing approaches

Mega Millions jackpot now record $900M after no ticket with all winning numbers in last night's drawing

No Big Winner: Powerball Jackpot Climbs To $430 Million

Friday's Mega Millions jackpot has soared to $900 million, the second largest lottery jackpot ever in the U.S.

The jackpots for the nation's two largest lottery games continue to grow.

That's exactly what happened when the Mega Millions jackpot surpassed its previous 2012 record of $656 million after no ticket matched all six numbers drawn on Tuesday, leaving the prize money up for the taking this Friday, lottery officials said.

The reason these jackpots have ballooned to such monstrous proportions is because, well, no one has won in a while. Most winners take the cash option, which would pay an immediate $513 million.

Each $2 Mega Millions ticket nets you a 1 in 302.5 million shot at the fortune, which has been accumulating since the last jackpot win in July.

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Tickets sold in New Jersey, Kentucky and MA matched the five numbers and each win a $1 million prize.

The estimated $654 million jackpot refers to the annuity option, paid out over 29 years.

Powerball is now at an estimated $430 million and Hoosier Lotto is an estimated $18.8 million.

On Oct. 17, Ronnie Parker of Dawson Springs cashed a $1 million ticket from Tuesday night's Mega Millions drawing.

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