The Mega Millions jackpot continues to swell ahead of Friday night’s drawing.
The jackpot has increased to an estimated $1.28 billion, the third largest in United States lottery history. The cash option on the prize is now an estimated $747.2 million.
Friday night’s Mega Millions drawing will be the 30th since the jackpot was last hit April 15, when a $20 million jackpot was won on a ticket sold in Tennessee.
The jackpot steadily increased all week from Tuesday’s grand prize of $830 million.
The odds of winning the Mega Millions jackpot are a staggering 1 in 302.5 million.
Mega Millions tickets are $2 each and can be purchased until 10:45 p.m. at lottery retailers across Massachusetts.
Drawings are held on Tuesdays and Fridays.
The all-time record for a lottery prize in the U.S. came on a Powerball ticket worth $1.586 billion on Jan. 13, 2016.
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