Mega Millions jackpot hits $425 million - CBS46 News

Mega Millions jackpot hits $425 million

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As a result of brisk sales, the Mega Millions jackpot is now $425 million for Friday's drawing, Georgia Lottery officials have announced.

The jackpot has been growing since Oct. 1 and has rolled over 20 times without a winner.

For Friday's drawing, the multi-state lottery game is sporting its second-largest jackpot ever — an estimated $425 million — after undergoing major changes to lure players who only buy a ticket when pots soar.

Mega Millions offers two jackpot payment options: the $425 million annuity prize paid out as one immediate payment followed by 29 annual graduated payments; or the cash option, which is approximately $228 million.

The drawing is the fifth-largest lottery jackpot of any kind in U.S. history, according to game officials.

Friday the 13th could be extremely lucky for someone holding a winning ticket, but folks who play will have a one in 259 million chance of winning.

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