Mega Millions jackpot hits $868 million, second-largest in United States history

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There was no victor for Tuesday night's Mega Millions drawing, and Wednesday night's Powerball jackpot keeps growing. They were 3, 45, 49, 61, 69 and the Mega Ball was 9. Friday's sum will be the third largest in the game's history and the second largest in the U.S. lottery jackpot history.

Three friends in Baltimore County who identified themselves publicly only as "The Three Amigos", landed over $218 million in 2012 when they shared a then-record Mega Millions jackpot of $656 million with winners in IL and Kansas.

Six little numbered balls were drawn in the Mega Millions on Tuesday night, with a record jackpot of $667 million at stake. The higher amount is an annuitized value if the prize is paid out over 29 years. The chance of matching all six numbers is one in 302.5 million. The cash option is now at $494 million. That distinction goes to the $1.586 billion Powerball jackpot in 2016 that was shared by three winners.

The $667 million is up for grabs in Tuesday's drawing.

Mega Millions lottery tickets on a counter at a Pilot travel center near Burlington, N.C.

There was one $5 million victor in Texas, where a player matched the first five numbers and included the optional Megaplier, which was purchased for an extra dollar.

On Friday, that would be a total of $375.8 million after taxes, according to the Mega Millions website.

The Mega Millions drawing takes place at 8 p.m. Friday, while Powerball's draw is slated for 8 p.m. Wednesday.

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