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Mega Millions jackpot swells to $1 billion ahead of Friday night's drawing

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Posted at 12:20 PM, Jan 22, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-22 12:34:08-05

The jackpot for the Mega Millions lottery game has grown to $1 billion, hours before numbers will be drawn Friday night.

Watch the drawing live Friday night on FOX 4

The Mega Millions website says the jackpot is $1 billion, but if the winner opted for the cash option, it would be $739.6 million.

This is only the third time a lottery jackpot has grown so large, the last time in 2018. The growth is thanks to more than four months without a top prize winner, 37 number draws have failed to produce a grand prize winner.

Mega Millions is played in 45 states across the country, plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

A grand prize winner must match all six numbers and the gold "Mega Ball".