Powerball jackpot grows to $345 million

Sean Reid
October 15, 2018

Lottery players will have a chance at the nation's ninth-largest jackpot when numbers are drawn for Friday's Mega Millions game.

A group of 11 office workers in San Jose, CA, who made a "spur of the moment" decision to pool together, beat the odds and won July's jackpot of $543 million. After Tuesday's picks this week, the jackpot climbed $78 million after no one matched all six numbers. Not bad for a couple of $2 tickets. The payout was $309.2 million as the cash option.

Mega Millions' record haul was a $656 million jackpot shared by people in three states in 2012. The next drawing at 11 p.m. EDT Friday will offer the ninth-largest jackpot in US history.

Four tickets matched all five white balls Tuesday to earn the second prize, and 37 matched four white balls and the Mega Ball for a third-place prize.

If you're looking for a tiny hint: the numbers 17 and 12 have been drawn twice as Mega Balls since August 31.

Jackpot winners have a choice to make: cash or annuity.

Mass Lottery spokesman Christian Teja said this weekend's drawings will total over $865 million, with tomorrow's Powerball jackpot estimated at $314 million. The odds of hitting the Powerball jackpot are 292,201,388 to 1.

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