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Mega Millions jackpot grows to $667 million

Posted at 9:14 PM, Oct 16, 2018

UPDATE (10:38 p.m.) – No winning lottery ticket was sold for the latest Mega Millions drawing, meaning the jackpot climbs to $868 million.

The next drawing will be Friday. The estimated drawing would be the second-largest lottery prize in U.S. history.

Lottery officials have increased the estimated jackpot for Tuesday night’s drawing from $654 million to $667 million, making it the third-largest grand prize in U.S. history. The increase reflects a surge in ticket sales.

While no jackpot winner has been announced, one person in San Francisco drew five of six winning numbers. The precise location has not been released.

The record lottery jackpot was a $1.6 billion Powerball prize won in January 2016 .

Although the Mega Millions prize has grown larger, the odds of winning remain the same, at a dismal one in 302.5 million.

The $667 million jackpot refers to the annuity option, paid out over 29 years. The cash option, which is favored by nearly all winners, is $380 million.

Mega Millions is played in 44 states, Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.