Lottery players can try again Friday night to win the estimated $1.25 billion Mega Millions jackpot, which has grown ever larger in recent months.
Since April 18, the jackpot has been won 30 times in a row. This has allowed the prize to grow steadily until it is the sixth largest ever in the U.S.
It is difficult to win the jackpot because the odds are 1 in 302.6 million of matching five white balls with a separate Mega Ball. It is better to start with smaller prizes starting at $2.
An annuity will pay $1.25 billion to a single winner over 30 years. If you choose a lump-sum payout, the prize is estimated at $625.3 millions.
Lottery winnings are subject to federal taxation and state taxes in many states.
Mega Millions can be played in 45 States, Washington, D.C., the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Washington, D.C.