DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Mega Millions jackpot climbed to $1 billion on Friday morning. The prize is the second-largest jackpot in U.S. history, behind only a $1.6 billion Powerball prize won in 2016.
No one has matched all six numbers and won the Mega Millions grand prize since July 24. That reflects the game’s long odds , at one in 302.5 million.
The $1 billion refers to the annuity option, paid over 29 years. Most winners take the cash option, which would pay an immediate $565,600,000. About half of the jackpot winnings would go to taxes.
Mega Millions is played in 44 states, plus Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Watch FOX4 for the winning numbers on Friday at 10 p.m.