Feeling lucky? Mega Millions swells to $540M | News
The historic Mega Millions jackpot has been raised to $540 MILLION for Friday night’s drawing, making it the largest jackpot in world history. The previous record stood at $390 million.
The winner can elect to take a one-time cash payment of $389 million.
Tickets for this more than half-a-billion dollar drawing are available at South Carolina lottery retailers statewide. Tickets cost $1, and in South Carolina must be purchased by 10 p.m. for Friday’s 11 p.m. drawing.
This jackpot has been growing since January 24, when Mega Millions® had its most recent jackpot winner. The jackpot has now rolled 18 times without a winner.
Nationally, more than 4.7 million tickets won prizes in Tuesday’s drawing, including four tickets that each won $1 million and 43 tickets that each won $250,000. In South Carolina, a York retailer sold a ticket worth $250,000.
The odds of winning the jackpot are about 1 in 175.7 million.