Published: Mon, October 15, 2018
Money | By Hannah Jacobs

Mega Millions players have chance at US’s 9th largest prize

Mega Millions players have chance at US’s 9th largest prize

Numbers have been drawn for a lottery jackpot that would be the ninth-largest lottery in USA history.

A lucky victor could take home an estimated $548 million in winnings prior to taxes or opt for the cash option, which is estimated to be $309.2 million, after tonight's drawing.

The jackpot was last won July 24 when a group of California office workers won $543 million.

No winner in Mega Millions Friday
No Mega Millions Winner, Jackpot Jumps To $654 Million

Friday's drawing was the 23rd time no one matched all six numbers.

Win them both and, well, you'd make history. and earn $862 million.

If you're looking for a tiny hint: the numbers 17 and 12 have been drawn twice as Mega Balls since August 31.

Mega Millions' record haul was a $656 million jackpot shared by people in three states in 2012. The most recent Mega Ball was 18 on Tuesday night.

The $548 million jackpot Friday would have been the third-largest in Mega Millions history.

The cash option for Friday night: $309 million. Saturday night's drawing was worth $314 million, provided someone held the ticket that matched all five numbers plus the Powerball.

The second-largest jackpot was $648 million.

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