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FILE - In this July 1, 2016, file photo, Mega Millions lottery tickets rest on a counter at a Pilot travel center near Burlington, N.C. The Mega Millions jackpot received a boost to over $500 million for the Friday, July 8, drawing after no one picked the right numbers Tuesday night. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)

The Mega Millions jackpot is up to $502 million


If you play the lottery occasionally, this jackpot is the one you just might want to buy a ticket for, as the Mega Millions estimated jackpot his risen to $502 million.

That is some Dr. Evil level of cash!

The Friday night drawing will offer players a chance to spend $2 and dream of beating the staggering odds of 302.5 million to one and winning the big prize.

The $502 million prize is the annuity option, in which a sole winner is paid over 29 years. However if the winner opts for the cash prize they would take home $301 million, minus state and federal taxes.

No one has won the Mega Millions jackpot since January 5 when Floridian Shane Missler won the $451M prize.

Missler chose to receive his winnings in a one-time, lump-sum payment in the amount of $281.87 million.

Since the last winning jackpot, there have been 33 winners of $1 million or more.

Some of the larger Mega Millions jackpots have been:

$656 million, split on March 30, 2012, by players in Illinois, Kansas and Maryland.

$648 million, split on Dec. 17, 2013, by players in California and Georgia.

$536 million, won on July 8, 2016, by a player in Indiana.

Mega Millions is one of two national lottery games. It's played in 44 states plus Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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