Published: Tue, August 08, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Mega Millions jackpot reaches $346M, 7th largest in game's history

Mega Millions jackpot reaches $346M, 7th largest in game's history

The $346 million jackpot has a cash option of $216 million and is the seventh biggest Mega Millions prize in the game's 15-year history. The winning Quick Pick ticket was bought at Mickey's One Stop, 1415 Plainfield Road, and matched the first five numbers. Pennsylvania's largest Mega Millions jackpot was an $86.7 million cash-value prize claimed by a Pittsburgh couple in 2014. There have been almost 2 dozen $1 million winners in the years since, Burnside said.

The Mega Millions drawing jackpot is at $350 million and tomorrow night's Powerball jackpot is expected to exceed $310 million. "You end up talking about what you would do if you won and anytime you can put a smile on somebody's face and have good conversation, it's always a plus", Munford said.

The drawing is at 11 p.m. Tuesday night.

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Of course, any future victor could opt to take a one-time cash payout of $193 million and $216 million respectively.

Of course, even with more options for giant payouts, the odds of winning a jackpot remain abysmal at one in 258.9 million for Mega Millions and one in 292.2 million for Powerball.

Mega Millions tickets are now sold in 44 states plus the District of Columbia, and the U. S. Virgin Islands.

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