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Mega Millions jackpot tops $500 million for fourth time in history

The Mega Millions jackpot is now over a half-billion dollars.

You have until Friday to get your ticket.

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The winner stands to win $502 million, the fourth time the multi-state game has surpassed a half-billion dollars, and is the tenth largest prize ever offered in the United States.

“Jackpot rolls are always exciting, but surpassing the $500 million mark for only the fourth time is a historic milestone,” said Gordon Medenica, Mega Millions lead director and Maryland Lottery and Gaming director, in a statement. “Large jackpots like this one capture everyone’s attention, and it would be great to see the roll go on for a while longer. But at the same time, we can’t wait to see someone win.”

The last time Mega Millions surpassed $500 million was July 2016, when a single ticket in Indiana won a $536 million prize.

Mega Millions game to cost more, offer larger jackpots and look more like Powerball. In Maryland, the lottery game has seen declining sales.

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