Mega Millions jackpot for Friday night’s drawing now at $660M

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Des Moines, Iowa – Lottery officials on Thursday raised the Mega Millions jackpot to $660 million, giving players a chance at what will be the nation. Ninth largest grand prize.

The Friday night drawing jackpot has grown so much because there hasn’t been a winner in three months. These 27 consecutive draws without anyone matching all six numbers allowed the jackpot to gradually grow from its starting point of $20 million in April.

Even with the jackpot increased, the odds of winning all that money remained the same – a staggering 1 in 302.5 million.

The $660 million pre-tax premium prize is for the winner who takes the option of an annuity, paid out in 30 annual payments. Most players choose the cash option, which will be Friday’s fee of $376.9 million.

Mega Millions is played in 45 states plus Washington, DC and the US Virgin Islands. The game is supervised by state lottery officials.

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