The Mega Millions jackpot jumps to $565 million, the sixth largest in the game’s history



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There’s still time to win big on the lottery before the year is over.

The Mega Millions jackpot has grown to an estimated $565 million after no one claimed the top prize in Friday’s drawing. The next drawing is scheduled for Dec. 27, and if someone wins the jackpot, it would be the sixth-largest prize in the game’s history, according to the Mega Millions website.

Friday’s winning numbers were 15, 21, 32, 38, 62 and the Mega Ball 8. Although no ticket matched all six numbers in that drawing, two tickets sold in California and Illinois matched five and went claim the second-highest prize, the lottery said. . in a press release. The last time the Mega Millions jackpot was won was on October 14, when two tickets sold in California and Florida shared a $502 million prize.

Lottery jackpots have gotten bigger and bigger in recent years as the games have expanded to more states and added more number combinations. And as jackpots grow, more people buy tickets, making the odds of winning ever smaller.

In July, a ticket in Illinois won a jackpot of nearly $1.34 billion, the second-largest Mega Millions prize and the third-largest of any U.S. lottery game. Two people came forward to claim it in October and chose to accept the $780.5 million lump sum payout, according to the Illinois Lottery.

The largest Mega Millions jackpot was about $1.54 billion, won on a ticket in South Carolina in 2018. Seven of the 10 highest Mega Millions jackpots have been won in the past five years.

The odds of winning the Mega Millions lottery are approximately 1 in 302.5 million.

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