What numbers hit most often in Mega Millions? $425M at stake in Friday's drawing

Solo winner cash option $228 million

DES MOINES, Iowa - Here's a happy problem: Deciding whether to take some Mega Millions money now or take all of it over 30 years.

There's an estimated $425 million jackpot at stake in Friday night's drawing, which is scheduled for 7:45 p.m. PT.

Mega Millions organizers say the cash option on the $425 million would be $228 million.

The winning ticket must match the six numbers drawn -- five regular numbers and 1 Mega Ball.

According to lottery officials, the numbers that hit the most often for Mega Millions are 20, 11, 4, 36 and 2.

The numbers 26 and 55 haven't been drawn since August. The numbers 18, 21, 28, 31, 34, 38 and 39 have not been drawn since September.

The odds of that are about 1 in 176 million. Mega Millions is played in 43 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Need more help picking numbers? Try this number generator courtesy of vipps.com:

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