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All eyes are on the Mega Millions jackpot as it soared to the second-largest grand prize in history ahead of Friday’s drawing.
U.S. lottery players will have a shot to nab the $750 million when the five white and one gold ball are chosen at about 11 p.m. EST.
MEGA MILLIONS $750M JACKPOT: HERE’S THE TAX HIT
The winner can either opt for a cash lump sum or an annuity payment paid out over the course of about 30 years.
The cash lump sum is estimated at about $550.6 million.
The jackpot climbed to the massive figure Tuesday night after no ticket matched all six numbers drawn.
MEGA MILLIONS JACKPOT SOARS TO OVER HALF A BILLION DOLLARS
The pot ahead of Tuesday night’s drawing had climbed to over half a billion dollars — about $615 million — which was already the biggest prize in nearly two years.
The numbers drawn were 12, 14, 26, 28 and 33, and the gold Mega Ball 9.
Blank forms for the Mega Millions lottery sit in a bin at a local grocery store on Jan. 12, 2021, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
Although no one has claimed the jackpot yet, Tuesday night’s drawing produced a total of 3,701,286 winning tickets “at all prize levels,” according to lottery officials.
EIGHTH-LARGEST LOTTERY JACKPOT IN US HISTORY AWAITS WINNER FROM TUESDAY NIGHT’S MEGA MILLIONS DRAWING
According to officials, Friday’s jackpot will likely become the third-largest lotto prize in American history after two previous winning Powerball jackpots climbed to $768.4 million and $758.7 million.
The record for a Mega Millions jackpot is $1.537 billion in 2018. It was the world’s largest lotto prize awarded on a single ticket, lottery officials said Wednesday.
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The jackpot has been rolling since it was last won on Sept.15.
The next drawing is slated for Jan 15. at 11 p.m. ET.
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