The Mega Millions jackpot has climbed to $654 million.
Mega Millions jackpots can quickly reach outsized amounts because each prize begins from an initial $40 million and rolls over, sometimes for weeks and weeks, before anyone claims their winnings. Both totals are expected to rise.
The last time the Powerball jackpot was won happened back on August 11. "With a little luck, we may still break that record".
"This increase reflects very strong sales of Mega Millions tickets here in Virginia and across the nation", a spokesperson for the Virginia Lottery said.
If someone wakes up Wednesday a multi-millionaire, they are encouraged to do a few things before cashing in the ticket.
The chance of matching all six numbers is one in 302 million. That distinction goes to the $1.586 Powerball jackpot in 2016 that was shared by three winners, including a Chino Hills couple. So don't quit your day job just yet. Any player who matches all numbers Wednesday night will win $9.6 million ($5.53 million cash option).
And Friday's Mega Millions wasn't a complete bust. The $345 million jackpot is the game's largest since the March 17 drawing, when a $456.7 million jackpot was won on a ticket sold in Pennsylvania.
Unfortunately, even as the big prize for Tuesday night's drawing increases to the fourth-largest in USA history, the odds of matching all six numbers and winning the game don't improve. It was the largest prize distributed for a single ticket.