LOS ANGELES (CBS) — The Mega Millions jackpot for Friday night has swelled to $312 million, the sixth-largest jackpot in the lottery’s nearly 15-year history.
A ticket with all six numbers has not been sold since the Feb. 1 draw, 14 draws ago.
Tickets will be sold until 7:45 p.m. The draw will be held just before 8 p.m.
The odds of matching all five numbers and the Mega number are 1 in 175,711,536, according to the Mega Millions Web site.
The Mega Millions game is now played in 41 states and the District of Columbia.
Buying tickets at a store where winning tickets have been sold in the past will not increase a purchaser’s chance of winning a jackpot, according to USC mathematics professor Ken Alexander.
“The chance that a given place will sell a winning lottery ticket is just related to how many tickets they sell,” Alexander said.
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