$1.35B Mega Millions prize drawing set for Friday night

Jan 12, 2023, 4:07 PM | Updated: Jan 13, 2023, 9:44 am
A customer at the Cranberry Super Mini Mart in Cranberry, Pa., shows her Mega Millions ticket on Th...

A customer at the Cranberry Super Mini Mart in Cranberry, Pa., shows her Mega Millions ticket on Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

              A Mega Millions entry card is displayed at the Cranberry Super Mini Mart in Cranberry, Pa., Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023. With no grand prize winner named in the pervious 25 drawings, the Mega Millions jackpot is now at $1.35 billion, making it one of the largest jackpots in lottery history. The next drawing will be held Friday. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
            
              A Mega Million sign displays the estimated jackpot of $1.35 Billion at the Cranberry Super Mini Mart in Cranberry, Pa., Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023. After twenty-five consecutive drawings, with no grand prize winner named, the Mega Millions jackpot is now $1.35 billion, making it one of the largest jackpots in lottery history. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
            
              A customer at the Cranberry Super Mini Mart in Cranberry, Pa., shows her Mega Millions ticket on Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023.  (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Mega Millions players will have another chance Friday night to end months of losing and finally win a jackpot that has grown to $1.35 billion.

Plenty of people have won smaller prizes in the lottery game, but no one has matched all six numbers and won the grand prize since Oct. 14. Those 25 straight drawings without a winner have allowed the top prize to roll over and grow larger for three months.

It’s now the fourth-largest lottery prize in U.S. history. If there isn’t a winner Friday night, the jackpot will inch closer to the record $2.04 billion Powerball prize won last November in California.

The long stretch without a Mega Millions jackpot winner is because of the game’s steep odds of 1 in 302.6 million.

The $1.35 billion prize is for a winner who chooses an annuity with annual payments over 29 years. Winners almost always take the cash option, which for Friday night’s drawing would be an estimated $707.9 million.

Mega Millions is played in 45 states as well as in Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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This story has been corrected to say the Mega Millions jackpot is the fourth-largest in U.S. history, not the fifth.

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$1.35B Mega Millions prize drawing set for Friday night