Mega Millions prize rises to $ 970 million

The The huge grand prize of millions approached $ 1 billion After no one has matched all six numbers during the Tuesday night’s drawing.

The winning numbers were 10, 19, 26, 28, 50, and the mega ball with 16.11 cards matching the first five numbers to win at least $ 1 million. Tickets have sold in Florida, California, Illinois, Kansas, Mississippi, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Washington.

No one has won the Grand Millionaire Grand Prix since September, when a Wisconsin player won $ 120 million, officials said Wednesday in a statement. They are the tallest Mega Millions to have passed without a jackpot winner.

Officials said the jackpot is now $ 970 million, the third largest in the game’s history. The next drawing is on Friday.

The winner can choose between the $ 970 million annual annuity option, which is awarded over 30 years, or the $ 716.3 million cash option, which pays an immediate lump sum. Many people usually choose the cash option, with about half of the lottery winnings going to taxes.

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The odds of winning are 1 in 302,575,360 in the 45 states the game is played in, including Washington, D.C. and the US Virgin Islands, according to Mega Millions officials.

Players have a chance to win another big prize. Arsenal withdrew Wednesday night and $ 730 million.

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