Mega Millions jackpot climbs to $868 million

Mega Millions Lottery ticket

Mega Millions Lottery ticket

The last victor for the top Mega Millions prize was on July 24, when a group of California office workers won the $543 million jackpot. The odds of winning the jackpot are now 1 in 302,575,350.

Nine tickets won the lottery's second prize of $1 million by matching all the numbers except the Mega Ball number, according to Mega Millions. That jackpot has reached an estimated $345 million.

The next drawing is 8 p.m. Friday. There was no victor in Tuesday's multi-state lottery drawing.

And in 2009, Steve Williams of Shenandoah, Virginia, won a Mega Millions jackpot worth a cool $200 million.

You can play Mega Millions in 46 localities: 44 states plus the Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The increase reflects a surge in ticket sales.

The last time Mega Millions had a jackpot victor was July 24th.

Believe it or not, this week's combined billion-dollar haul is not the biggest prize in the lottery's history. The odds of winning the top prize were 1 in 258,890,850.

Lottery officials urge players to check their tickets.

The drawing for $667-million was the fourth largest in USA history.

The jackpot for the Mega Millions has reached a new record of $667 million, with an estimated cash value of $380 million after no one claimed the jackpot last Friday.

The $667 million jackpot refers to the annuity option, paid out over 29 years.

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