The Mega Millions jackpot has climbed to $970 million, inching ever closer to the $1 billion mark.
Despite insanely long odds — one in 302.5 million — someone with an unparalleled gift for picking numbers very well could match all six Mega Millions numbers on Friday, and win a jackpot that currently stands at a mind-blowing $970 million.
The largest U.S. jackpot was about $1.6 billion, for a 2016 Powerball contest, and it was shared by the holders of three winning tickets.
No one has matched all six numbers and won the Mega Millions grand prize since July 24.
Lottery officials recommend winners to consult with a reputable financial planner before popping over to the lottery headquarters.
The $970 million refers to the annuity option, paid over 29 years. Most winners take the cash option, which would pay more than half a billion dollar after taxes, or an annuity, with one initial payment and annual installments over 29 years.