Mega Millions Climbs to an Astounding $654 Million

No Winning Mega Millions ticket, jackpot now $654 million

No winner in Mega Millions Friday

The Mega Millions drawing at 11 p.m. Friday has a jackpot of $548 million, the third-largest in the game's history and the ninth-largest of all jackpots played in the United States.

Four lucky winners did match the first five numbers and each was poised to collect $1 million. Lottery officials will likely announce sometime Saturday if there was a winning ticket. No one has won since July.

Friday's drawing was the 23rd time no one matched all six numbers.

But even if you don't hit the jackpot, smaller prizes can be won by matching fewer numbers.

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The jackpot soared all the way to $654 million.

Four tickets matched five white balls in Tuesday's drawing.

The $470 million prize came with a $265.3 million cash payout option, according to Mega Millions. The next drawing at 11 p.m. EDT Friday will offer the ninth-largest jackpot in US history. Three winners across three states split the record $656 million prize. Just behind that was a $648 million pot won in California and Georgia on December 17, 2013.

The jackpot was last won July 24 when a group of California office workers won $543 million. They agreed to split the winnings and continue working. Alaska, Hawaii, Nevada, Utah, Alabama and MS do not participate. Most winners opt for cash, which for Friday night's drawing would be an estimated $309 million.

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