Mega Millions jackpot rises to $654 million after no one wins Friday

Mega Millions jackpot rises to $654 million after no one wins Friday

The Mega Millions jackpot is the third largest jackpot in the game's history.

Powerball tickets selling at the same price will only be available until 9:50 p.m. tomorrow.

A lucky player could soon overcome remarkably bad odds to win the ninth-largest lottery jackpot in USA history.

The jackpot has grown since July, the last time a winning ticket was sold.

The Tuesday drawing marked the 22nd consecutive one where nobody matched all six numbers drawn, according to the lottery website.

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The last victor to take home a Mega Millions jackpot above $500 million was a group of 11 coworkers on a ticket sold in California in July.

Other jackpots won this year include $451 million in January, $533 million in March, and $142 million in May. Tickets are sold at retail outlets or online, and cut-off 59 minutes before the drawing. Not bad for a couple of $2 tickets.

Mega Millions officials say no tickets matched all six numbers to claim the estimated $548 million grand prize.

The $314 million ranks as the 24th-highest in the game's history and the 41st-highest combined jackpot ever i the U.S.

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