Tuesday’s Mega Millions Jackpot Climbs To $356 Million

With no winning ticket in Friday night’s Mega Millions drawing, the lottery jackpot will grow to an estimated $356 million.

The lottery website listed the numbers from the drawing as 6, 17, 19, 20, 21 with the Mega number 20. Anyone who holds a ticket with five numbers and no Mega number will walk away with $250,000.

Because there was no winner of them main jackpot, it will rise to $356 million for the drawing on Tuesday. If someone were to win and take the prize in a lump sum, instead of over 20 years, the cash payoff would by $255.1 million, according to the website.

Unlike the Super Lotto jackpot, which is California-based, the Mega Millions lottery sells tickets in 43 states.

The rules of engagement are fairly simple. Players pick six numbers from two different pools: The first five are chosen from numbers 1 to 56, and the sixth is chosen from numbers 1 to 46. You win by matching all six numbers.

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But you can expect the Mega Millions jackpot to rise over the next three days as the country flocks to bodegas, 7-11s, gas stations and supermarkets with dollar bills in hand, dreaming of hitting it big.

Mega Millions bills itself as the nation’s biggest jackpot game. It’s played in 42 states, including California, plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Drawings are held twice weekly — on Tuesdays and Fridays. Other, non-jackpot prizes are also available based on the number of sales, winners and numbers matched.

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