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Mega Millions jackpot is a big one

Mega Millions jackpot is a big one

In January, one ticket purchased in California matched the five white balls and Mega ball to win a $188 million jackpot.

The jackpot is the fifth largest in the history of the game, the Lottery said.

Mega Millions said the winning ticket was purchased at Nick's Barbecue in Palos Heights, Illinois. A player wins the jackpot by matching all six winning numbers in a drawing. It had been rolling since it was last won on April 28, when David Trapp won a $61 million prize in California. If you weren't the big victor, you still have another chance to cash in on a huge prize. Saturday night's Powerball drawing is expected cross $356 million.

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The latest Mega Millions jackpot is the fourth one to be won in 2017. That jackpot has been building since June 10. Winners have one year from the date of the drawing to claim their winnings. And if the odds against winning one are ridiculous, the odds of winning both are essentially ridiculous squared - roughly one in 76 quadrillion, or 76 followed by 15 zeros.

There's no debating Americans adore purchasing lottery tickets. Never even knew they had lottery.


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