Here is the cutoff time to buy tickets for Friday's $1.02 billion Mega Millions jackpot

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Are you ready for Friday's $1.02 billion Mega Millions jackpot?

Tickets for Friday's Mega Millions drawing are available until 10:45 p.m. Friday for the 11 p.m. drawing.

The most recent Mega Millions numbers from Tuesday’s winning numbers were 07-29-60-63-66, with a Mega Ball of 15. The jackpot will be nation’s fourth-largest lottery prize.

The last Mega Millions winner was April 15, when a ticket in Tennessee won $20 million.

The biggest Mega Millions jackpot this year was $426 million, won Jan. 28 in California, followed by $128 million in New York March 8 and $110 million in Minnesota April 12.

The Mega Millions jackpot is an estimated $530 million for the drawing on Tuesday, July 19, 2022. No one has won the Mega Millions since April 15, when a ticket in Tennessee won $20 million. If someone were to win the current jackpot at $530 million, it would be among the top 10 largest Mega Millions jackpots ever, according to the lottery
The Mega Millions jackpot is an estimated $530 million for the drawing on Tuesday, July 19, 2022. No one has won the Mega Millions since April 15, when a ticket in Tennessee won $20 million. If someone were to win the current jackpot at $530 million, it would be among the top 10 largest Mega Millions jackpots ever, according to the lottery

When are Mega Millions drawings? 

Mega Millions drawings are Tuesday and Friday at 11 p.m.

How to play Mega Millions

Tickets to Mega Millions cost $2 per play. Adding the Megaplier is an extra

There are nine total ways to win a prize, from the jackpot to $2.

Pick five numbers from 1 to 70 and one Mega Ball number from 1 to 25.

Choose Easy Pick or Quick Pick to have the terminal randomly pick numbers for you. You win the jackpot by matching all six winning numbers in the drawing.

What's the Megaplier?

Most states offer the Megaplier feature, which increases non-jackpot prizes by two, three, four and five times.

It costs an additional $1 per play. Before each regular Mega Millions drawing, the Megaplier is drawn. From a pool of 15 balls, five are marked with "2X," three with "4X" and one with "5X."

Where to buy Mega Millions tickets

You can play Mega Millions in 47 localities: 45 states, plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. To find locations, search the Mega Millions website.

In Kentucky, residents can also purchase tickets online at www.KYLottery.com.

In Ohio, residents can use Lottery Card available in Kroger, Buehler’s Fresh Foods and Giant Eagle stores. It allows Ohio consumers to enter draw games on their phones and get notified and paid electronically if they win. You can also buy tickets online at www.OhioLottery.com.

Rickey Patel, owner of Woodlawn Market located in Jackson Township, expects thousands of patrons for Tuesday's Mega Millions drawing.
Rickey Patel, owner of Woodlawn Market located in Jackson Township, expects thousands of patrons for Tuesday's Mega Millions drawing.

What was the largest Mega Millions jackpot ever?

In 2018, one winning ticket in South Carolina sold for a $1.537 billion grand prize, which was the world's largest lottery prize ever won on a single ticket.

In January 2021, a winning ticket sold in Michigan for $1.05 billion.

What happens if I win Mega Millions?

Mega Millions offers two options.

You can take annuity, in which you're paid out as one immediate payment followed by 29 annual payments. Each payment is 5% bigger than the previous.

There's also the cash option, a one-time, lump-sum payment equal to all the cash in the Mega Millions jackpot prize pool.

This article originally appeared on The Columbus Dispatch: The last time to buy tickets for Friday, July 29 Mega Millions