The Mega Millions jackpot has soared to an estimated $1 billion, as the second-largest lottery prize in U.S. lottery history gets even bigger.
The winning numbers were drawn Friday night:
Lottery officials increased the grand prize just hours ahead of the Friday night drawing. The prize climbed from $970 million.
Although the jackpot keeps increasing, the odds of winning remain stuck at a miserable 1 in 302.5 million.
The prize has grown so large because no one has hit the jackpot since July 24, when a group in California won $543 million.
The $1 billion prize refers to the annuity option. Most winners opt for cash, which for Friday night's drawing would be $565 million.
On Friday, customers lined up inside Dunn Food Store in Jacksonville, waiting to buy a ticket.
"Hoping for a big win and millions of dollars," said Laprinzo Banks, who bought a Mega Millions ticket.
The convenience store has sold winning tickets in the past, including a $1 million scratch-off ticket in March.
In St. Augustine, people crowded the Shell gas station on Ponce de Leon Boulevard as they bought tickets.
"Never hurts to try," said Earl Harper, who bought a Mega Millions ticket. "That lucky one ticket may be the one."
The store has also been lucky for lottery winners in the past. Last year, a woman claimed a $1 million scratch-off prize. The employee who handed her the winning ticket told News4Jax a lot of people choose to buy lottery tickets at the Shell station because of its lucky tickets.
"I think people be winning up here, so I think this is the spot," said Tavis Mitchell, who bought a Mega Millions ticket.
Mehrle Smith also purchased a ticket at the store. He said that, if he wins, he will donate the money to charity and help his family. Although the chance of winning is a long shot, he's hoping the odds are in his favor.
"They say you’re more likely to get struck by lightning, but it happens every day so why not take a chance?" Smith said.
Officials say that if there isn't a winner, the prize for Tuesday night's drawing would be $1.6 billion, tying the largest U.S. lottery prize.
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