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Mega Millions jackpot nears billion mark for Friday’s drawing, with $977 million top prize

Spring has sprung, daffodils are blooming, and so is the Mega Millions jackpot, which is teasing the $1 billion mark after no six-number matches emerged in Tuesday night’s drawing.

The grand prize as of Wednesday has grown to $977 million for Friday’s drawing, Mega Millions announced. It’s the sixth-highest jackpot in the history of a game that has existed for 22 years. The five that have been higher have topped a billion.

Tuesday’s winning numbers were 24, 46, 49, 62, and 66, with the gold Mega Ball number 7. A jackpot winner would have grossed $893 million, with a lump sum payout of $421.4 million.

Anyone winning Friday’s jackpot will net $461 million in cash if they take a lump sum.

There was no dearth of winners at lower levels on Tuesday, as four people won $1 million each in California, Texas, Virginia and Florida. In all, Tuesday’s drawing yielded 2.2 million winning tickets, including 41 matching four white balls plus the Mega Ball, which awarded 11 winners $20,000.

The last Mega Millions jackpot was $394 million snagged on Dec. 8 by two ticketholders in California who shared the loot, with a total cash payout of $188.6 million. Both were sold at a Chevron station on Ventura Boulevard in Encino, Mega Millions said.

With News Wire Services


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