With $1.35B Mega Millions prize tonight, could Friday the 13th be lucky?

Mega Millions players will have another chance to end months of losing and finally win a jackpot now fourth largest in history.

Could this Friday the 13th be lucky for a Mega Millions player? Ticket holders will have another chance tonight to end months of losing and finally win a jackpot that has grown to $1.35 billion.

Plenty of people have won smaller prizes in the lottery game — including a $1 million winner Jan. 10 sold in Marysville — but no one has matched all six numbers and won the grand prize since Oct. 14. Those 25 straight drawings without a winner have allowed the top prize to roll over and grow larger for three months.

It’s now the fourth-largest lottery prize in U.S. history. If there isn’t a winner Friday night, the jackpot will inch closer to the record $2.04 billion Powerball prize won last November in California.

The long stretch without a Mega Millions jackpot winner is because of the game’s steep odds of 1 in 302.6 million.

The $1.35 billion prize is for a winner who chooses an annuity with annual payments over 29 years. Winners almost always take the cash option, which for Friday night’s drawing would be an estimated $707.9 million.

Mega Millions tickets are $2 each. Players can add the Megaplier for an additional $1 to multiple non-jackpot prizes. The game is played in 45 states, including Ohio, as well as in Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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