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Mega Millions jackpot now $667M, 3rd largest in US history

Posted: 3:24 PM, Oct 16, 2018
Updated: 2018-10-17 05:15:15Z

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Tuesday night's Mega Millions numbers for an estimated $667 million prize are 3, 45, 49, 61, 69, with a Mega Ball of 9  

Lottery officials earlier in the day increased the estimated jackpot for Tuesday night's drawing from $654 million to $667 million, making it the  third-largest grand prize  in U.S. history. The increase reflects a surge in ticket sales.

The record lottery jackpot was a $1.6 billion Powerball prize won in January 2016.

Although the Mega Millions prize has grown larger, the odds of winning remain the same, at a dismal one in 302.5 million.

The $667 million jackpot refers to the annuity option, paid out over 29 years. The cash option, which is favored by nearly all winners, is $380 million.

Mega Millions is played in 44 states, Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

UPDATE:

No one won tonight's Mega Millions jackpot. The jackpot is now worth an estimated $868 million, making it the second-highest grand prize in U.S. history. The next drawing will be on Friday at 8 p.m.