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Friday Mega Millions jackpot raised to $164 million

Nov 6, 2015, 1:14 pm

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Mega Millions

By Todd Northrop

Tickets for the Friday night Mega Millions drawing are selling faster than expected, prompting the state lotteries to raise the jackpot estimate to $164 million.

The previous estimate for the drawing, established early Wednesday morning, was $159 million.

Mega Millions offers two jackpot payment options: the $164 million annuity prize paid out as one immediate payment followed by 29 annual graduated payments, or a lump-sum cash option.  USA Mega estimates that Friday's new cash option will be $101.7 million, up from $98.6 million.

Since Sept. 15, the Mega Millions jackpot has been drawn 15 times without a jackpot winner.

Mega Millions tickets cost $1 per play, and the Megaplier option can be purchgased for an additional $1 per play. Purchasing the Megaplier multiplies any non-jackpot prizes won by a random multiplier number drawn the same evening as the main drawing.

Drawings for Mega Millions happen every Tuesday and Friday night at 11:00 pm Eastern Time (8:00 pm Pacific).

Mega Millions is currently offered for sale in 44 states, plus Washington, D.C. and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The winning numbers are published at USA Mega ( minutes after the drawing takes place.

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