Oct 12, 2018, 9:39 AM ET

Mega Millions jackpot soars to $548 million ahead of Friday night drawing


The jackpot for Friday night's Mega Millions drawing has jumped to $548 million with a cash option of $309 million.

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The jackpot, the third-largest in Mega Millions history, soared after no one won the big prize in Tuesday night's drawing.

The winning numbers were 20-22-39-54-60 and a Mega Ball of 18.

Four tickets matched all five white balls to earn the second prize, and 37 matched four white balls and the Mega Ball for a third-place prize.

PHOTO: A Mega Millions lottery ticket is seen in New York in this July 1, 2016 file photo. Andrew Kelly/Reuters, FILE
A Mega Millions lottery ticket is seen in New York in this July 1, 2016 file photo.

The drawing on Tuesday would have granted the winner the sixth-largest Mega Millions jackpot in history.

The $470 million prize came with a $265.3 million cash payout option, according to Mega Millions.

The cash prize option for Friday night's jackpot will pay out $309 million.

The Mega Millions jackpot is approaching $470 million.AP, FILE
The Mega Millions jackpot is approaching $470 million.

Three winning tickets in Illinois, Kansas, and Maryland shared the largest Mega Millions jackpot ever, which grew to $648 million in March 2012.

The winning ticket for the historic $1.58 billion Powerball jackpot in January 2016 was drawn in Florida.

New York has sold the most Mega Millions jackpot winnings in game history, with 35 wins in the last 16 years.

California is in second place, with 30 wins in its 13 years of participation in the game, and New Jersey comes in third, with 20 winning jackpot tickets sold since 2002.

ABC News' Joyeeta Biswas and Wil Cruz contributed to this report.

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  • Thomas

    Might just put a couple of bucks on this one.

  • AG99

    I'd be more inclined to buy a ticket that actually gave me a chance at winning, even if for a much smaller amount.

  • lou g

    That's because dummies like me spend at least $10 a pop to try our luck, or un-luck.

  • John S. Henchey

    Sorry Folks...Nowhere in the Universe is there anything for nothing.

  • John S. Henchey

    I double my money every week. I take the bills out of my pocket, Fold them over and put them back.

  • MauiOhana808

    Your dollar would be better used with the beggars on the street corners!!!
    Aloha :^D

  • MrNiceGuy

    So the state sponsored gambling racket is drawing in the suckers.

    The American dream used to be a father working a single job to own a house, raise the kids and keep the wife happy. Now it is two tired people in over their heads on an upside down mortgage, sending their kids off to the "daycare" center to be raised by strangers and dreaming about winning the lottery.

    Very sad development.

  • TexasVulcan

    Yay! Voluntary tax! Count me in!

  • David Rodolff

    Way back when the lotto first hit CA, we only had scratchers. After refusing for the longest time to get sucked into that mess, I finally broke down and bought a $1 ticket. I won $2 on it.
    A little voice in my head then told me to not buy any more tickets and place ads in magazines all across the country telling people that I had doubled my money playing lotto and if they sent me $10, I would tell them my secret.
    Then the much bigger voice in my head slapped the little voice upside the head and reminded me that's not how we get successful in America. We do it by the sweat of our brow and not by defrauding others.