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Mega Millions jackpot climbs to estimated $750 million

The Mega Millions jackpot reached fresh heights Wednesday with an estimated $750 million lottery prize — the 2nd-largest payout within the sport’s historical previous.

The file came prior to Friday’s drawing after no imprint holder matched with all six numbers on Tuesday night. Nine tickets matched five white balls to take the sport’s 2nd prize of no longer lower than $1 million. The tickets were equipped in Florida, California, Georgia, Illinois, Missouri, Sleek Jersey, Texas and Washington.

There hasn’t been a lottery winner who has matched all six numbers since September when a imprint holder in Wisconsin received the $120 million jackpot.

The largest jackpot in Mega Millions historical previous was as soon as $1.5 billion, which was as soon as received by one lucky imprint holder in South Carolina in 2019.

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Winners choose between the $750 million annuity option, which is awarded over 29 years, or the $550.6 million cash option, which will pay an instantaneous one-time, lump sum. Many choose the cash option, with about half of lottery winnings going in direction of tax.

The percentages of a success are 1 in 302,575,360 within the 45 states where it’s played, along with Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands — but that isn’t stopping anyone from dreaming colossal.

Wilson Wong

Wilson Wong is a breaking recordsdata reporter with NBC News. 

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