ATLANTA - The jackpot for Friday night's Mega Millions jackpot has grown to $270 million for a single annuity winner.
The jackpot has rolled over 17 times since the last winning ticket was drawn January 7.
Two payment options are available for Mega Millions jackpot winners - the $270 million annuity prize would be paid out with one immediate payment, followed by 29 annual graduated payments, while the lump-sum cash option would pay out about $151 million.
The jackpot has a long way to go to get anywhere near record territory-- the largest Mega Millions prize in history paid out an annuity value of $656 million to three winners in March, 2012. The second largest Mega Millions jackpot was shared between a Georgia and California winner in December, 2013.
Saturday night's Powerball jackpot is paltry in comparison -- it's "only" $50 million.
In addition to Georgia, Mega Millions is played in 42 other states, the US Virgin Islands and the District of Columbia.