U.S. Mega Millions jackpot reaches $548 million, its third largest

LUCKY TICKET? Kenny Mcardle of Dorchester shows off the Mega Millions tickets he purchased at the 7 Eleven for today’s drawing. Staff

LUCKY TICKET? Kenny Mcardle of Dorchester shows off the Mega Millions tickets he purchased at the 7 Eleven for today’s drawing. Staff

The winning numbers were 4, 24, 46, 61, and 70 with a Mega Ball of 7.

Friday night's jackpot was the third largest in Mega Millions history. No one has won since July.

The jackpot soared all the way to $654 million. The next drawing at 11 p.m. EDT Friday will offer the ninth-largest jackpot in US history.

The top Mega Millions jackpots of all time are $656 million in 2012 and $648 million a year later. With the odds of hitting the jackpot at one in 302.6 million, it is no wonder.




This weekend's Mega Millions tickets will be available for $2 per ticket and can be purchased until 10:45 tonight in MA.

An in-state Megabucks Doubler drawing will also take place tomorrow for an estimated $3.3 million in winnings. A victor who opted for a cash payout would receive $309 million, minus taxes. After Tuesday's picks this week, the jackpot climbed $78 million after no one matched all six numbers.

The cash option for Friday's jackpot would be a lump-sum amount estimated at $309 million before federal taxes.

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