Mega Millions jackpot nears record

Gerry Broome  Associated Press

No ticket matched all numbers in the Mega Millions drawing Friday night, meaning the jackpot is now $654 million (cash option $372.6 million), just short of setting a new record.

Tuesday night's Mega Millions drawing will be the 24th since the jackpot was last hit July 24, when a $543 million jackpot was won by a group of 11 co-workers on a ticket sold in California.

Virginia Lottery reports the jackpots for Mega Millions and Powerball have reached nearly $1 billion combined. "With a little luck, we may still break that record". And there's even more fun with $862 million in combined jackpots for Mega Millions and Powerball. It's $345 million, or $199 million in cash. The odds of hitting the Powerball jackpot are 292,201,388 to 1.

Since the Mt. Juliet victor added the Power Play option for an extra dollar, the base prize of $50,000 was tripled, as the multiplier number last night was three.

Burdess was sick last Friday, so he asked Vandiver to buy him a Powerball ticket on her way home from work. Powerball reaches all those areas plus Puerto Rico. It's the second largest jackpot in the game's history. "Jackpot fever is definitely sweeping the country!"

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