Mega Millions jackpot surges to $493 million

Posted July 25, 2018

According to the Kansas Lottery, Friday night's Mega Millions drawing kicks off the weekend with a jackpot worth an estimated $422 million, including a cash option of $254.8 million. This is the seventh time the jackpot has exceeded $400 million and it is the sixth-largest prize in the game's history.

Tickets must be purchased by 10 p.m. ET on Tuesday to be eligible for that night's 11 p.m. ET drawing. The second-highest jackpot of $648 million went to two winners in California and one in Georgia on December 17, 2013. The jackpot is up to $150 million.

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The cash option for the jackpot is $260 million. Before it was announced that someone won the $521 million jackpot in late March, it actually took all night and an official announcement wasn't made until the next morning.

The jackpot was last won in OH on May 4th.

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Twenty-two jackpots have been won in the month of July since the game began in 2002.

The record jackpot of $656 million was won on March 30, 2012. Those tickets were sold in IL and Pennsylvania.

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Those looking to play Mega Millions have to get their $2 tickets before 10 p.m., according to the statement. But if you only match one white ball, you won't win anything.