Mega Millions jackpot jumps to a whopping $868M

A lottery ticket for the current record breaking $667 million U.S. Mega Millions jackpot is shown in this illustration

Mega Millions Ticket Sold In San Francisco Matches 5 Of 6 Numbers

The $667 million jackpot is the largest in Mega Millions history and the third largest in US history. Between last Wednesday's and Friday's drawing, Mega Millions sales in the state totaled $1.25 million, according to the Louisiana Lottery. The winning numbers - drawn at 8 p.m. PST - were 3, 45, 49, 61 and 69 with 9 as the Mega Ball number. The cash option for the jackpot is $380 million. The cash option is usually favored by almost all winners.

The jackpot has ballooned upward because nobody has won the jackpot since July 24, when a group of 11 co-workers in Santa Clara County, California, split a $543 million prize.

Now, for a bit of a spoiler: A jackpot ticket was not sold in California, California Lottery officials said late Tuesday.

The odds of hitting the jackpot by matching all six numbers correctly are an astronomical one in 302.6 million, but the odds of turning a Mega Millions ticket into a victor of any kind, including a $2 prize simply for matching the "Mega ball", are a more down-to-earth one in 24.

The $667 million is up for grabs in Tuesday's drawing.

It costs $2 to play the game, but the odds of winning the jackpot aren't good.

An anonymous Mega Millions player who bought a ticket in La Plata, Maryland, in 2014, won a $207 million jackpot.

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