TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami) – The Mega Millions jackpot is now a monster-sized $900 million.
The jackpot would be the second-largest payout in U.S. lottery history. A lone winner would take home a cash lump sum of $513 million.
The jackpot has been rolling over since it was last won on July 24, when a California office pool of 11 co-workers shared $543 million, the largest prize ever won on a single ticket in the game.
Three other Mega Millions jackpots have been won this year – $451 million on January 5 (Florida), $533 million on March 30 (New Jersey), and $142 million on May 4 (Ohio).
Mega Millions’ previous record was a $656 million jackpot shared by people in three states in 2012.
When nobody won the jackpot Tuesday night, the prize jumped to $868 million but swelled again Wednesday afternoon to $900 million.
The odds of winning the Mega Millions jackpot with a $2 ticket are 1-in-302.5 million.
Tonight’s Powerball also has a nice size jackpot worth an estimated $345 million, which is a total cash value of $199 million if you choose the lump sum payment.
The chance of winning the Powerball jackpot is 292.2 million to one.
You can watch the next Mega Millions drawing Friday night and the Powerball drawing Wednesday night during the 11pm news on CBS4, your official lottery station.