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Mega Millions jackpot nears $1B for third time in history

Jan. 20 (UPI) -- Mega Millions jackpot neared $1 billion for the third time in history after no winners emerged in Tuesday's drawing, the lottery said Wednesday.

No one matched all six numbers -- the white balls 10, 19, 26, 28, and 50, plus the gold ball Mega Ball 16, in Tuesday's drawing, Mega Millions said in a statement.

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The jackpot will rollover Friday to an estimated $970 million, or $716.3 million cash payout, as a result, according to the lottery. There have been no winners of the Mega Millions jackpot since mid-September when a Wisconsin player won a $120 million prize, marking the longest run without a jackpot win.

"If the Mega Millions jackpot is won this Friday, it would be the third largest lotto prize ever, below only two jackpots exceeding $1.5 billion -- the world record Powerball jackpot of $1.586 billion (January 13, 2016) and the current Mega Millions record of $1.537 billion (October 23, 2018)," a lottery statement said. "The latter prize is the world's largest won on a single ticket, as the record Powerball jackpot was shared by three winning tickets."

Meanwhile, the Powerball lottery jackpot, which also hasn't had a winner since mid-September, grew to an estimated $730 million, the fourth highest in the 28-year-history of the game, over the weekend.

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The next Powerball drawing is Wednesday night.

The odds of winning the Mega Million jackpot are 1 in 302.5 million and the odds are 1 in 292.2 million for the Powerball jackpot, according to the lottery.

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