Mega Millions Jackpot to Surge Past $1 Billion

BRAINTREE – So what would you do with $1 billion?

You may want to start thinking about it – Massachusetts Lottery officials announced Friday afternoon that the Mega Millions jackpot has been increased to that near-historic number.

It remains the second-largest jackpot in U.S. lottery history.

The cash option on the prize is now an estimated $565.6 million.

“With the Mega Millions jackpot reaching the $1 billion mark and the Powerball jackpot gaining momentum, this is an exciting time for our customers and our retail partners and we encourage people to keep the experience of playing these and other lottery games fun by playing responsibly,” said Michael Sweeney, Executive Director of the Massachusetts State Lottery.

Mega Millions tickets are $2 each and can be played in 44 states, Washington D.C. and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Tickets for Friday’s drawing can be purchased until 10:45 p.m. Friday at Massachusetts Lottery retailers throughout the state.

The Mega Millions drawing will be the 25thsince the jackpot was last hit July 24, when a $543 million jackpot was won by a group of 11 co-workers on a ticket sold in California.

Meanwhile, the Powerball jackpot for the Saturday, October 20 drawing is an estimated $430 million, while the jackpot for Saturday night’s in-state Megabucks Doubler drawing is an estimated $3.5 million.

The cash option on the Powerball prize is an estimated $248 million.

The largest U.S. lottery jackpot of all time is $1.586 billion.

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