The Mega Millions jackpot was already giant, but now it's absolutely massive.
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The Mega Millions prize was already giant, but now it's absolutely massive. In 2017, a MA woman, Mavis L. Wanczyk, set a new record for the highest jackpot claimed by a single person, winning the $758.7 million Powerball (and opting for the one-time $480 million payout, according to CNBC).
The odds of matching all six numbers and becoming instantly wealthy are incredibly small- one in 302.5 million.
The previous record jackpot in Mega Millions was a $656 million prize that was shared by winners from Kansas, Illinois and Maryland in March 2012.
The cash option on this Mega Millions drawing is $372.6 million, since no one claimed the Mega Ball during Friday's drawing. There hasn't been a Mega Millions victor since 11 California co-workers split a $543 million stake in July. So don't quit your day job just yet. The cash option, which is favored by almost all winners, is $380 million.
Mega Millions is not the only game in town.
Believe it or not, this week's combined billion-dollar haul is not the biggest prize in the lottery's history. Eggen's ticket matched the five white ball numbers, but missed the Mega Ball to win the game's second prize from the October 5th drawing.
That's when the next Powerball drawing is. The big jackpots could mean lines at some ticket locations as the drawings near.
Mega Millions is played in 44 states, Washington D.C. and the U.S. Virgin Islands.