No win­ning Mega Mil­lions ticket, jack­pot now $654 mil­lion

The Standard Journal - - LOCAL -

DES MOINES, Iowa — No win­ning lot­tery ticket was sold for the Mega Mil­lions draw­ing Fri­day night, mean­ing the jack­pot climbs to $654 mil­lion.

Mega Mil­lions of­fi­cials say no tick­ets matched all six num­bers to claim the es­ti­mated $548 mil­lion grand prize. The num­bers were 4, 24, 46, 61, 70 and Mega Ball 7.

The next draw­ing was set for Tues­day af­ter press time. The es­ti­mated jack­pot for that draw­ing would be the fourth largest lot­tery prize in U.S. his­tory.

The jack­pot has been grow­ing since July, when a group of Cal­i­for­nia of­fice work­ers won $543 mil­lion.

It costs $2 to play the game, but the odds of in­stant wealth aren’t good. The chance of match­ing all six num­bers and win­ning the jack­pot is one in 302.5 mil­lion.

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

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