Mega Millions jackpot soars to nearly $1 billion. Here’s what to know

SCOTT MCFETRIDGE (AP) — The winning numbers for a nearly $1 billion Mega Millions lottery prize will be drawn Friday night, offering sudden riches to any lucky player who matches them and almost certain disappointment for everyone else.

Since three months have passed without a winner, the Mega Millions jackpot has grown to an estimated $977 million. That large prize reflects the incredibly long odds of winning the jackpot, as the longer the stretch without a winner, the more the prize grows.

The jackpot ranks as the 10th largest in U.S. lottery history — about half the size of a record $2.04 billion Powerball prize won in November 2022.

How do I play?

Players can buy tickets for $2 and select six numbers from separate pools. Five of the selections come from one pool, with different
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