Updated October 17, 2018 1:22 AM EDT
The Mega Millions jackpot rose to a whopping $ 868 million on Friday night. That's a record for the game – and the third-biggest in the US lottery history.
No ticket had all six winning numbers infor what was a grand prize of $ 667 million and at the time, the biggest ever for Mega Millions. These numbers were 3, 45, 49, 61
The estimated present value of Friday's jackpot is $ 494 million. For Tuesday it was 380 million dollars.
If the winner chooses the pension option, the jackpot will be paid over 29 years. The cash option is usually preferred by the winners.
Nine Mega Millions tickets had the five white balls to win the second prize – $ 1 million. And one of those, sold in Texas, had the Megaplier option, available in most states for an additional $ 1. This ticket is worth $ 5 million.
The jackpot continues to grow as no one has won since July 24, when 11 employees in a California office shared $ 543 million, the largest prize ever won on a single ticket.
Mega Millions says the previous record jackpot was a $ 656 million prize shared by winners from Kansas, Illinois and Maryland in March 2012.
"Everyone talks about the jackpot and runs out to buy tickets for today's drawing," Gordon Medenica, Mega Millions lead director and Maryland Lottery and gaming director, said in a news release about the tension of Tuesday night.
How to Play Mega Millions
Mega Millions tickets cost $ 2 per game and there are nine ways to win a prize, ranging from the jackpot to $ 2. You can play Mega Millions in 46 venues: 44 states plus the Washington, DC and US Virgin Islands.
Powerball Jackpot Wednesday
The Powerball Jackpot on Wednesday night will be worth $ 199 million with $ 345 million in cash
The biggest Powerball jackpot – and the biggest in the history of the US lottery – was $ 1,586 billion shared by winners in California, Florida and Tennessee in January 2016.
Theremains miserable at 258.9 million for Mega Millions and 1 at 292.2 million for Powerball.
Who buys lottery tickets?
The average American spends about $ 223 a year on lottery tickets, according to a LENDedu survey. Massachusetts residents have the greatest taste for playing odds and spending nearly $ 763 a year on lottery tickets, the study found. North Dakotans are at the opposite end of the spectrum, spending about $ 44 a year for the lottery or the lowest average number among residents of all 50 states.
Aimee Picchi contributed to this report.
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