No winning Mega Millions ticket; jackpot climbs to $868M

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Although the Mega Millions prize has grown larger, the odds of winning remain the same, at a dismal one in 302.5 million.

This week's Mega Millions jackpot, which is now estimated at $868 million, could soar higher by the time of the drawing.

Nine Mega Millions tickets from Tuesday's drawing matched five white balls to win the second prize - $1 million.

The US Mega Millions jackpot swelled to US$868 million early on Wednesday, the second-largest in US history, after no winning ticket was sold in Tuesday night's draw. On Aug. 15, 2012, Donald Lawson, of Lapeer, won a $337 million Powerball jackpot.

To claim the top prize will take a lot of luck: the odds of winning the Mega Millions jackpot are about one in 303 million. Combined, both games value at over $1.2 billion. It is the largest jackpot in the game's history and the second largest in the US lottery jackpot history. The cash option is usually favored by the winners.

Mega Millions hits largest jackpot ever
Even though no one took home Friday's big prize, there were 2,651,183 winning tickets on the October 12 across all prize levels. The jackpot has been growing since July, and this is now the second largest jackpot in the history of the lottery game.

Mega Millions just keeps getting bigger and better.

The Mega Millions jackpot is displayed as a customer leaves the Corner Market, on Wed., Oct. 17, 2018, in Lyndhurst, Ohio.

Mega Millions is played in 44 states, Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The winning ticket was sold in Lugoff in Kershaw County at The Wildwood Market on Wildwood Lane, according to the statement.

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