Published: Mon, October 15, 2018
Finance | By Cynthia Curry

Mega Millions jackpot swells to $654M; tonight’s Powerball at $314M

Mega Millions jackpot swells to $654M; tonight’s Powerball at $314M

Mega Millions is played in 44 states including Colorado as well as Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Numbers have been drawn for a lottery jackpot that would be the ninth-largest lottery in US history. Not bad for a couple of $2 tickets.

The last Powerball victor matched the numbers on August 11. The jackpot climbed $78 million after no one matched all six numbers Tuesday night.

If you're looking for a tiny hint: the numbers 17 and 12 have been drawn twice as Mega Balls since August 31. 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. The winning numbers drawn Friday for Mega Millions are 4, 24, 46, 61, 70 and the Mega Ball number is 7. Or ask for a Quick Pick.

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Right now, Tuesday's drawing comes with a cash option worth $372 million.

Jackpot winners have a choice to make: cash or annuity.

For those who don't win Friday night, they can try again Saturday when Powerball holds its next drawing for a pot worth a little less - $314 million.

To play: Select five balls 1-69 and a Powerball 1-26.

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