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Mega Millions jackpot hits $454 million

Two million-dollar tickets were sold near Houston for Friday's $450-million dollar jackpot Mega Millions drawing.
Two million-dollar tickets were sold near Houston for Friday's $450-million dollar jackpot Mega Millions drawing. The Associated Press

Now’s your chance to spark some financial fireworks.

No one hit the Mega Millions jackpot on Friday, so it’s up to $454 million, which gives players a chance at the 10th largest jackpot in U.S. history.

Lottery officials say there have been four big jackpots around the Fourth of July holiday since 2002. The next drawing is at 10:12 p.m. Tuesday.

Who knows? You could join Lance Larkin of Grand Prairie in the North Texas millionaire’s club. He claimed the $13 million prize from the June 18 Lotto Texas drawing.

Mega Million players have a 1 in 259 million shot of matching all six numbers, with a potential payout over 30 years unless the winner chooses a lump-sum payment of roughly $313 million before taxes.

The jackpot has been growing since March 8 and it’s the biggest prize in the game since December 17, 2013, when two tickets (sold in California and Georgia) shared a $648 million jackpot.

Maricar Estrella: 817-390-7720, @maricare

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