Mega Millions jackpot soars to $548 million ahead of Friday night drawing

Mega Millions jackpot soars to $548 million ahead of Friday night drawing

No winning lottery ticket was sold for the Mega Millions drawing Friday night, meaning the jackpot climbs to $654 million.

The current jackpot is the ninth largest of any USA lottery.

PHOTO: A Mega Millions lottery ticket is seen in NY in this July 1, 2016 file photo.

But even if you don't hit the jackpot, smaller prizes can be won by matching fewer numbers.

Four tickets matched five white balls in Tuesday's drawing.

A lucky player could soon overcome remarkably bad odds to win the ninth-largest lottery jackpot in US history. The victor was able to file a lawsuit and stay anonymous while claiming the winnings through an anonymous trust, even though they had originally signed their winning ticket with their name.

If you match 4 white and the yellow, you'll win $10,000.

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Saturday's jackpot has a cash option of $179.4 million.

Those who opt for the annuity will get an immediate payment and then 29 annual payments, each five-percent larger than the last.

Tuesday's jackpot will be the second-largest jackpot in Mega Millions history, just shy of the $656 million jackpot that was won on March 30, 2012. Two winners, one in California and the other in Georgia, split the prize in December 2013.

Mega Millions is available in 44 states, plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Typically once it's known whether or not someone won, MegaMillions updates its website to either restart the jackpot at $40 million or to increase the estimated jackpot for the next drawing on Tuesday if no one won.

And if you don't get lucky Friday night, there's still the Powerball drawing on Saturday. The unclaimed pot was at $548 million.

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