Mega Millions Jackpot Climbs To $433 Million Ahead Of Friday’s Drawing


Players will have their first chance to cash in on the multi-million dollar prizes Friday night, July 20, with the Mega Millions drawing.

The winning numbers on Friday were 44-14-30-62-1, with a Mega Ball of 1. It sits at $433 million.

This is the third jackpot this year of more than $400 million. The second-highest jackpot of $648 million went to two winners in California and one in Georgia on December 17, 2013. Blake won half of the game's $42 million jackpot; the other winning ticket was purchased in Rhode Island.

After Tuesday's drawing, the jackpot had rolled to a $422 million annuity value or $254.8 million cash.

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The biggest Mega Millions payout of all time was $656 million - won by three tickets - in March 2012.

Smaller amounts can also be won by matching fewer of the numbers.

The odds of winning "scratchers" - those little instant winning tickets that you can buy for prices ranging from $1 to $50 - are better, but it's still no way to get rich. If you match 4 white only, you'll win $500.

The lottery organization will now wait to see if anyone comes forward with the winning numbers.