Mega Millions drawing offers awful odds but huge jackpot

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The Mega Millions drawing at 11 p.m. Friday has a jackpot of $548 million, the third-largest in the game's history and the ninth-largest of all jackpots played in the United States. Lottery officials will likely announce sometime Saturday if there was a winning ticket. Those winning tickets were sold in California, Colorado, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

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

Typically once it's known whether or not someone won, MegaMillions updates its website to either restart the jackpot at $40 million or to increase the estimated jackpot for the next drawing on Tuesday if no one won.

The current jackpot is the ninth largest of any US lottery.

The jackpot victor will need to match numbers on all five white balls and the Mega Ball.

If you think Mega Millions jackpots are more frequently larger, you're not imagining things.

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Four tickets matched five white balls in Tuesday's drawing. But if you only match two white balls and don't match the yellow ball, you won't win anything.

The current estimated total, with a cash option of $372.6 million, is the second highest in the game's history - just $2 million less than the largest pot won in March 2012.

And there's always a chance a victor might stay anonymous, thanks to a recent Powerball jackpot victor in New Hampshire.

The Mega Millions jackpot is approaching $470 million. They agreed to split the winnings and continue working.

The $548 million jackpot refers to the annuity option, paid out over 29 years.

Mega Millions is available in 44 states, plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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