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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.

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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.