Mega Millions jackpot reaches second-highest sum ever!

No one won the gigantic Mega Millions prize in Tuesday's drawing, so the jackpot has grown again. It's up to an estimated $1.35 billion, making it the second-biggest Mega Millions prize to date.

Did you know you could win more than $1 billion this Friday?
Did you know you could win more than $1 billion this Friday?  © SCOTT OLSON / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / GETTY IMAGES VIA AFP

No one picked Tuesday's Mega Million numbers, which were: 7, 13, 14, 15, 18, and gold Mega Ball 9.

That raises the stakes and the pot to an estimated $1.35 billion in Friday's drawing.

That'd be a heck of a prize!

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At $1.35 billion, this pot-o'-gold would be the second-highest Mega Millions jackpot ever, Mega Millions said in a statement.

The only bigger Mega Millions pot was won in South Carolina in 2018 and was worth $1.53 billion.

Why is the Mega Millions Jackpot so high?

The lottery prize keeps growing because no one has guessed all six numbers.

The last time anyone got all six and was able to claim the jackpot was 25 drawings and some three months ago. If no one can guess the right combination in Friday's drawing, it will continue to grow.

But anyone who's lucky enough to win should know they won't just be handed $1.35 billion. The spoils will only be distributed to a winner who chooses an annuity paid over 29 years.

Most lotto winners pick the cash payout instead, which in this case for Friday night's drawing is an estimated $707.9 million – which doesn't sound half bad!

If this makes you want to get a lotto ticket, or four, you should know the odds are against you, at 1 in 302.6 million to score.

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