Mega Millions sign showing jackpot of $540 million
ATLANTA (WXIA) - Due to heavy ticket sales, lottery officials announced Thursday that the jackpot for Friday night's Mega Millions drawing has grown to $540 million.
The jackpot has rolled over 18 times since the last winner - Marcia Adams of College Park - pocketed $72 million in the drawing held January 24.
The new jackpot would give a single annuity winner an annual take-home of $20 million for 26 years. A single winning ticket on the cash option would end up with a lump sum of $389 million. Both of those figures are before taxes.
Mega Millions is played in 42 states, plus the District of Columbia and the US Virgin Islands.