Mega Millions jackpot nearing $300 million

December 04, 2013|By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun

Continuing a trend in recent years of massive jackpots, the Mega Millions lottery jackpot is nearing a $300 million payout for a drawing this week.

Four times this year, the Powerball jackpot has passed the $300 million mark. Mega Millions has not had a jackpot reach more than $300 million yet this year, though the largest jackpot in U.S. history was in a Mega Millions drawing last year. That $656 million prize was split among winners in Maryland, Kansas and Illinois in March 2012.

The Mega Millions jackpot on Friday's drawing will be an estimated $291 million, with a $157 million cash option.

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