Mega Millions jackpot soars to $900 million, second-highest

Jermaine Castillo
October 18, 2018

Friday's sum will be the third largest in the game's history and the second largest in the United States lottery jackpot history. The winning numbers - drawn at 8 p.m. PST - were 3, 45, 49, 61 and 69 with 9 as the Mega Ball number.

The next Mega Millions drawing will be Friday.

The odds of winning Tuesday night's MegaMillions drawing are one in 302.5 million. It will be the largest jackpot in the game's history and the second largest in the USA lottery jackpot history.

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It smashed the previous record, a $656 million jackpot that was split three ways in 2012.

The U.S. Mega Millions jackpot swelled to $868 million early Wednesday, making it the second-largest lottery grand prize in U.S. history and the largest-ever Mega Millions reward.

The previous largest single jackpot of $758.7 million was won last year by Mavis Wanczyk, a 53-year-old mother of two from MA.

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The Mega Millions jackpot has been growing since July, when a group of California office workers won $543 million.

Mega Millions is a lottery that's available in 44 states, plus Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Mega Millions tickets cost $2 per play and there are a total of nine ways to win a prize, ranging from the jackpot down to $2.

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And in 2009, Steve Williams of Shenandoah, Virginia, won a Mega Millions jackpot worth a cool $200 million.

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