Mega Millions players have chance at US’s 9th largest prize

No Winning Mega Millions ticket, jackpot now $654 million

Friday's 10 p.m. Mega Millions drawing 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.

The Kentucky Lottery is giving away hundreds of Mega Millions tickets ahead of Friday's big drawing.

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

Mega Millions tickets cost $2 per play and there are a total of nine ways to win a prize, ranging from the jackpot down to $2.

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Those who opt for the annuity will get an immediate payment and then 29 annual payments, each five-percent larger than the last. The next drawing at 11 p.m. EDT Friday will offer the ninth-largest jackpot in US history.

The second-largest jackpot was $648 million.

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

No one has matched the numbers since July 24, when an office pool in Santa Clara, California won.

Mega Millions is available in 44 states, plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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