What happens if you win Mega Millions' near-record $970M jackpot?

Mega Millions jackpot now record $900M after no ticket with all winning numbers in last night's drawing

Mega Millions jackpot now record $900M after no ticket with all winning numbers in last night's drawing

Dreams of being a billionaire are now in reach, thanks to the Mega Millions.

Tickets sold in New Jersey, Kentucky and MA matched the five numbers and each win a $1 million prize.

Meanwhile, the grand prize for Friday's Mega Millions drawing has climbed to a new record of $900 million, or $494 million cash. The last Powerball jackpot, which totaled $245.6 million, was won August 11 by a man in Staten Island, New York. That reflects the game's long odds, at one in 302.5 million.

One Mega Millions ticket holder in the Bay Area came close to clinching the jackpot, having matched five of the six numbers for a $1.9 million win, the California Lottery tweeted.

The current jackpot is the largest Mega Millions jackpot in the lottery's history at $970 million. But cheer up! There are often secondary prizes to these huge drawings that can be worth millions of dollars, and a shocking amount of them go unclaimed - probably because people get too focused on the biggest possible way to win.

Ascienzo also says while lottery jackpots are overwhelming played by low-income Americans, ticket sales tend to hit a tipping point because higher-income Americans are drawn to the higher jackpots as well.

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