What if you win Mega Millions $970,000,000 jackpot?

What if you win Mega Millions $970,000,000 jackpot?

What if you win Mega Millions $970,000,000 jackpot?

The US Mega Millions lottery reached almost $1 billion on Friday, the day of the drawing of what is now the second-largest lottery in US history.

That means the jackpot for Friday's drawing is now at least $970 million, or a cash lump sum of $548.6 million, and the number will just keep climbing until some lucky person (who will most likely not be you) hits it big.

Those feeling super lucky could also opt for a Powerball ticket and one lucky victor in Saturday's draw could scoop an estimated $430,000,000 (£330,000,000) jackpot.

The largest lottery jackpot in United States history was $1.6 billion from a Powerball game in January 2016.

No one has matched all six numbers and won the Mega Millions grand prize since July 24.

Despite the odds, many people will be taking their chances after a $5 million winning ticket was purchased Tuesday in San Antonio at Bigs Aztec Corner Store on North St. Mary's Street near West Commerce in the downtown area, according to the lottery website.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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At the Smithfield News in Downtown Pittsburgh, there was a steady stream of lottery ticket buyers.

Every lottery ticket buyer believes that, and why not? The lottery officials who run Mega Millions tweaked the rules and odds of the game last October to make jackpots pay out less frequently, spurring their monster growth. "Our obsession with lotteries, with gambling, is that unicorn feeling of, like, 'maybe it'll be me, '" Schlesinger said.

"Just buy a ticket, sit back and see if fate points a finger at you for that day".

And sure someone will win eventually but the odds are not stacked in your favour. When the jackpots flirt with the half-billion-dollar mark, state lotteries don't even feel the need to advertise, he said.

The lottery takes the cash value of the prize and invests it over that period.

People in the Chicago area Friday morning were lining up at lottery machines for a chance to become a near billionaire. That is if you're numbers are called.

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