Mega Millions Jackpot Soars To $654M With No Big Winner

LUCKY TICKET? Kenny Mcardle of Dorchester shows off the Mega Millions tickets he purchased at the 7 Eleven for today’s drawing. Staff

LUCKY TICKET? Kenny Mcardle of Dorchester shows off the Mega Millions tickets he purchased at the 7 Eleven for today’s drawing. Staff

There was no victor for Mega Millions' Friday jackpot, pushing Tuesday's jackpot to $654 million.

The estimated $654 million total is the second-highest in the game's history.

The Mega Millions prize has grown so large because no one has won the jackpot since July 24, when 11 co-workers from the San Francisco Bay Area joined an office pool and hit the winning numbers for a $543 million payoff.

The Mega Millions jackpot is approaching $470 million.

October is beginning to look a lot like Christmas for gamblers, and one Chicago newsstand is playing Santa, handing out 548 free lottery tickets in the Loop Friday ahead of a record-setting prize drawing.

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Friday's drawing was the 23rd time no one matched all six numbers.

Matching four white balls and the Mega Ball will get you $10,000.

Friday night's jackpot was the third largest in Mega Millions history.

Saturday's jackpot has a cash option of $179.4 million. They agreed to split the winnings and continue working. You can play Mega Millions in 46 localities: 44 states plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Alaska, Hawaii, Nevada, Utah, Alabama and MS do not participate.

Meanwhile, Powerball, which will be drawn on Saturday, has climbed to $314 million.

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