The next Mega Millions jackpot is the largest since September: How to buy tickets now

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There's still plenty of time to buy tickets for the Mega Millions drawing Tuesday after no one claimed the grand prize from Friday's drawing.

Tuesday's grand prize, which is now estimated at $347 million, is the largest Mega Millions jackpot since September.

Three players did win the Match 5 Friday, earning $1 million each. The winning numbers were 5, 8, 13, 22 and 48. The Megaball was 25 and the Megaplier was 2x.

The last Mega Millions jackpot, worth $108 million, was won on Oct. 22 by a family in Arizona.

The next pool closes at 10:45 p.m. Tuesday and the drawing starts at 11 p.m.

When is the Mega Millions drawing?

Drawings are every Tuesday and Friday at 11 p.m. The next drawing is this Tuesday, Jan. 18.

Mega Millions payout

Tickets to Mega Millions cost $2 per play.

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

Pick five numbers from 1 to 70 and one Megaball 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 from 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, Ohio and Indiana, you can buy a Mega Millions ticket at gas stations, convenience stores and supermarkets until 10:45 p.m. on drawing night.

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

What happens if I win?

Mega Millions offers two options. You can either take annuity, where 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. Tuesday's cash option is estimated at $239.4 million.

This article originally appeared on Cincinnati Enquirer: Mega Millions jackpot estimated at $347 million for Tuesday's drawing

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