In the same week that a Maryland couple made $ 730 million The jackpot, Americans have a billion dollar opportunity in Mega Millions prize money.
Friday’s grand prize winner, if he chooses the cash option, will get $ 739.6 million – before taxes.
In 2020, overall, there were five Mega Millions winners, according to game officials.
Here are some facts about the game and the huge jackpot.
Friday’s drawing marks the third time ever that the lottery jackpot has reached a billion dollars.
The other two jackpots exceed $ 1.5 billion, including the $ 1.586 billion Powerball jackpot won in January 2016 (three winners) and the current Mega Millions record of $ 1.537 billion, won on a single ticket in October 2018.
The mega-jackpot prize has been built since September 15, 2020, the last time the winner was drawn. This includes 37 drawings and is the longest-running Grand Prix race ever for a game.
Odds of winning
The overall odds of winning the prize are 1 in 24 and the odds of winning the jackpot are 1 in 302,575,350.
When to play
The next Mega Millions drawing will be at 11 PM ET on Friday evening.