An estimated $425 million jackpot is available in Friday night's Mega Millions lottery, the second-largest prize in its history, lottery officials said.
The jackpot has been growing since Oct. 1, when Mega Millions had its most recent winner.
A one-dollar ticket, purchased in any of the 43 states where the game is played, as well as in Washington, D.C., or the U.S Virgin Islands, has a one-in-259 million chance of winning. The odds of winning any of the smaller prizes are one in 15.
If a ticket matches all six numbers chosen Friday night, the winner can choose between receiving the full amount in 30 annual payments, or a lump-sum cash prize of approximately $228.2 million, before taxes.
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Original headline: Players ready for $425 million Mega Millions prize
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