Mega Millions jackpot soars to $900 million, second-highest


- The Florida Lottery is warning people not to fall for a Mega Millions scam.

But no one picked the six winning Mega Millions numbers correctly, so the jackpot rolled over and soared even higher.

Those numbers are 03-57-64-68-69 Powerball 15 and Powerplay 3X.

If the victor chooses the annuity option, the jackpot would be paid out over 29 years.

And then there's Friday's monster Mega Millions drawing, the largest in the game's history.

The Mega Millions jackpot has been building since July 24, the last time the grand prize jackpot was won.

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Nobody matched all six Powerball numbers during Wednesday evening's drawings, so the jackpot rolls again.

The jackpot has been growing since July, when some California office workers won $543 million.

Of course, the actual amount you'll win is considerably less than a billion dollars, not just because of taxes and annuities and fine print things.

And while ticket sales have largely contributed to its big cash stockpile, increasing 294 percent since the pot crossed the $550 million mark, according to data scientist David Ascienzo, there has also been a major tweak to the game that has caused jackpots to balloon in recent months.

The odds of winning the current Mega Millions jackpot are 1 in 302,575,350 and is not dependent on the number of players in the pot.

Powerball is now at an estimated $430 million and Hoosier Lotto is an estimated $18.8 million. In that year, lottery ticket sales eclipsed the combined total of what Americans spent on movies, video games, books, music and sports tickets.