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Mega Millions jackpot climbs to $1.1 billion, the 2nd largest in gaming history

LANSING, MI — Friday night’s Mega Millions jackpot is now the second-largest in the game’s 20-year history. On Thursday, the estimated jackpot soared to $1.1 billion, surpassing the 1.05 jackpot billion won in Michigan last year.

The cash option for the July 29 draw is now listed at $648.2 million.

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Ticket sales exceeded expectations ahead of the latest jackpots, meaning the grand prize could even exceed $1.1 billion when it comes to Friday night’s draw.

Only two other lottery jackpots in US history have ever surpassed the current Mega Millions total. The biggest Mega Millions prize ever was won in October 2018 when a player from South Carolina won $1.537 billion. The biggest prize ever won in the United States came in January 2016 when three players shared a $1.586 billion Powerball jackpot.

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Mega Millions draws take place Tuesday and Friday at 11 p.m. Five balls are drawn from a set of balls numbered from 1 to 70; the Mega Ball is drawn from a set of balls numbered 1 to 25. The odds of winning the jackpot are 1 in 302 million.

Mega Millions is played in 44 states, plus the District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands. Tickets are $2 each.

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