LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — One of the biggest lottery jackpots in U.S. history is up for grabs tonight.
Friday night’s Mega Millions jackpot has grown to an estimated $1 billion, making it the third-largest U.S. lottery prize of all time. No tickets matching all six numbers were sold for 36 consecutive drawings, the game’s longest streak without a jackpot winner in its history.READ MORE: Family Of Marine Corps Veteran Fatally Shot By CHP Officer Files $15M Claim Against State
However, a ticket sold in Artesia matched five numbers in Tuesday night’s Mega Millions drawing. That ticket is worth $1.4 million.
Just two other jackpots have been bigger – on Jan. 13, 2016, when the Powerball jackpot was worth $1.586 billion, and the Mega Millions jackpot worth $1.537 billion on Oct. 23, 2018.
The odds of matching all five numbers and the Mega number are 1 in 302,575,350, according to the California Lottery. A person’s chance of winning a prize is just 1 in 24.READ MORE: San Bernardino Surpasses 3K Total COVID-19 Deaths, Ventura Nears 900
And one USC mathematics professor cautions that buying tickets at a so-called “lucky retailer” doesn’t increase anyone’s chance of winning.
“The chance that a given place will sell a winning lottery ticket is just related to how many tickets they sell,” Professor Ken Alexander said.
Players have until 7:45 p.m. to buy a ticket before the 8 p.m. drawing.MORE NEWS: Woman Shot In Robbery Targeting Owner Of Beverly Hills Jewelry Store
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