Players Have a Shot at $415M Mega Millions Prize

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -
A sign displays the Mega Millions jackpot on Wednesday morning in Brooklyn. (Isser Berg/Hamodia)
A sign displays the Mega Millions jackpot on Wednesday in Brooklyn. (Isser Berg/Hamodia)

Friday night’s Mega Millions drawing will give lottery players a shot at the 10th largest jackpot in U.S. history.

Because no one has won a Mega Millions jackpot since March 8, the prize has steadily grown to an estimated $415 million. That makes it the largest jackpot since a $430 million Powerball prize won by a New Jersey family May 7.

The record prize was a $1.6 billion Powerball jackpot won in January by players in three states.

The odds of picking the correct numbers on five white balls and one yellow ball are one in 259 million.

Mega Millions is played in 43 states plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.