Mega Millions jackpot jumps to $900 Million

A sign at a gas station shows the current record breaking $667 million U.S. Mega Millions jackpot in Encinitas California

Friday's Mega Millions jackpot has been bumped from $868 million to $900 million - the largest in the game's history and second largest in USA history.

The increase comes a day after no ticket matched all six winning numbers drawn Tuesday night and dwarfs the Powerball $345 million jackpot up for grabs when those numbers are chosen 10 p.m. ET Wednesday night.

The jackpot for Friday's drawing is now at least $868 million or a cash lump sum of $494.5 million. The biggest Mega Millions jackpot won in 2018 was a $543 million jackpot. On Aug. 15, 2012, Donald Lawson, of Lapeer, won a $337 million Powerball jackpot.

The prize? $900 million, after no one won on Tuesday night.

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The odds of winning the jackpot aren't good.

Mega Millions drawings take place each Tuesday and Friday evening.

Those who opt for the annuity will get an immediate payment and then 29 annual payments, each 5 percent larger than the last. In January 2016, the Powerball jackpot hit almost $1.6 billion, making it the biggest Powerball jackpot in history, as well as the highest lottery grand prize in the USA ever. That distinction goes to the $1.586 billion Powerball jackpot in 2016 that was shared by three winners.

Lottery tickets are sold at US$2 each in kiosks, supermarkets and gas stations in 44 USA states, the District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands.

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