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Wow! Mega Millions Jackpot Reaches $1 Billion

October 19, 2018 - 12:12 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- Lottery fever has taken over the country.

The Mega Millions jackpot has reached the $1 billion mark ahead of Friday night's drawing. The cash value of the jackpot is $565.6 million.    

It's the largest prize in the game's history, crushing the previous record Mega Millions jackpot of $656 million, and the second time a lottery jackpot reached $1 billion.

In 2016, Powerball had a $1.5 billion prize.

Though the jackpot keeps growing, the odds of winning aren't getting any better. They remain at one in 302.5 million.

No one has hit the jackpot since July 24.

The prize will jump to $1.6 billion if no one wins again Friday night.