Make That a $500,000,000 (or, Half a Billion) Mega Millions Jackpot Up for Grabs

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Ok…a few days ago, the Mega Millions jackpot was set at $476 million.

Now, officials have upped the jackpot (as if people needed more motivation) to an astounding $500 million.

Either way, the top prize will be the biggest Mega Millions jackpot in the multi-state lottery’s history and also the biggest lottery in U.S. history.

The jackpot has grown so large because no lottery players in any state have matched all six numbers since Jan. 24, and ticket sales have been brisk.

The jackpot reached $363 million ” the third largest in Mega Millions history ” for Tuesday night’s drawing, but there were no top-prize winners.

The numbers were: 9, 19, 34, 44 and 51. The Mega Ball selected was 24, and the “Megaplier” was 3 for lottery players who plucked down an extra dollar for a shot at bigger prizes.

The cash option for Friday night’s drawing is valued at $359.4 million before income taxes are deducted.

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