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It keeps growing: New York's Mega Millions jackpot now $540 million for Friday


Thu, Jul 7th 2016 06:30 pm

The jackpot for Friday's Mega Millions drawing is now $540 million. The $32 million increase from the advertised jackpot on Wednesday is due to brisk sales across all 44 participating Mega Millions states, Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Tuesday's Mega Millions jackpot was $454 million and produced over 820,000 winning tickets in New York, including 14 winners of $5,000 and 12 winners of $2,500. With Friday's Mega Millions jackpot now at $540 million, New York will see even more winners across the state.

Lottery officials remind players they can win even if they don't take the jackpot prize. The second place prize is $1 million for matching the first five numbers.

If no one matches all five numbers plus the Mega Ball in Friday's drawing, the jackpot will continue to grow. Tickets for Friday's Mega Millions drawing can be purchased until 10:45 p.m. EST.

Previously, the largest Mega Millions jackpot ever claimed in New York Lottery history was by Harold Diamond, of Wurtsboro, Sullivan County, who was the sole winner of a $326 million Mega Millions jackpot drawn on Nov. 4, 2014.

The largest Mega Millions jackpot across all participating states to date was $656 million, won in Illinois, Kansas and Maryland on March 30, 2012.

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