$Half-Billion Mega Millions Jackpot Awaits Friday Drawing

$Half-Billion Mega Millions Jackpot Awaits Friday Drawing

$Half-Billion Mega Millions Jackpot Awaits Friday Drawing

Friday night's Mega Millions drawing is worth $548 million to a single victor.

The cash option for Friday's jackpot would be a lump-sum amount estimated at $309 million before federal taxes.

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

The Kentucky Lottery is giving away hundreds of Mega Millions tickets ahead of Friday's big drawing. Not bad for a couple of $2 tickets.

Other jackpots won this year include $451 million in January, $533 million in March, and $142 million in May.

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If you're looking for a tiny hint: the numbers 17 and 12 have been drawn twice as Mega Balls since August 31. The next drawing at 11 p.m. EDT Friday will offer the ninth-largest jackpot in US history. A victor who opted for a cash payout would receive $309 million, minus taxes.

Matching four white balls and the Mega Ball will get you $10,000.

Saturday's jackpot has a cash option of $179.4 million.

And if you don't get lucky Friday night, there's still the Powerball drawing on Saturday.

The Powerball pot climbed after no winners in Wednesday's draw.

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