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Mega Millions jackpot is $400 million; drawing is Friday

Will Friday the 13th prove lucky for anyone who buys a Mega Millions ticket for that night's drawing? If so, the payoff could be a $400 million jackpot.

It would be the second-largest jackpot in Mega Millions history, and the fifth-largest ever in North America.

This jackpot has been growing since Oct. 1, when Mega Millions had its most recent jackpot winner. The jackpot has now rolled 20 times without a winner.

If one ticket matches all six numbers for the $400 million mega-jackpot, the winner will have the choice of receiving the full jackpot in 30 annual payments, or a cash option of approximately $216.4 million before taxes.

This is the largest jackpot since changes were made to Mega Millions that include larger starting jackpots, a million-dollar second prize and a new matrix of 1-75 for the first five numbers and 1-15 for the Mega Ball number.

The odds of winning the jackpot are approximately one in 259 million. Mega Millions holds the record for the largest jackpot ever, at $656 million. That jackpot on March 30, 2012, was split by three winning tickets in Illinois, Kansas and Maryland.

And of course, the Tampa Bay area is no stranger to jackpot winners. In July, Gloria MacKenzie won $590.5 million in the Powerball lottery, the largest single jackpot in American lottery history.

Mega Millions jackpot is $400 million; drawing is Friday 12/12/13 [Last modified: Thursday, December 12, 2013 12:04pm]
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