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Mega Millions jackpot up to $415 million

A player fills out her numbers for the Mega Million Jackpot in this archive photo.
A player fills out her numbers for the Mega Million Jackpot in this archive photo. AP

The Mega Millions jackpot has ballooned to $415 million, third-largest payout in its history. Next drawing is at 10:12 p.m. Friday.

Lottery officials say they’re anticipating fireworks this weekend, noting that there have been four big jackpots around the Fourth of July holiday since 2002. The jackpot has been growing since March 8.

Friday’s will be the ninth-largest jackpot of all time, including Powerball and Mega Millions payouts, according to CNN.com. Payout would be over 30 years unless the winner has chosen a lump-sum payment of roughly $286 million before taxes.

Mega Millions players have a 1 in 259 million chance of matching all six numbers, the lottery’s website says. CNN Money notes that players have even worse odds in Powerball: 1 in 292 million.

The Mega Millions jackpot record is $656 million, won in 2012. The second-biggest was $648 million won the next year.

One of the two $1 million Match 5 winning tickets in Tuesday’s drawing was sold in Big Spring in West Texas. A $1 million ticket in Friday’s Match 5 drawing was worth $5 million with a “megaplier” and was sold in Stephenville.

Meanwhile, Lance Larkin of Grand Prairie has stepped forward to claim his $13 million prize from the June 18 Lotto Texas drawing. Lottery officials say he chose the cash option payout when he bought his ticket and walks away with $9.8 million.

Tom Uhler: 817-390-7832, @tomuh

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