Kristen Dahlgren, NBC News
The Mega Millions lottery has a near record-setting jackpot for Friday night. Note: Since this report was filed, the estimated jackpot has increased to $425 million.
With no winner Tuesday night, the multi-state Mega Millions jackpot is now worth an estimated $425 million.
The jackpot, with a cash option prize of $228.2 million, is the second largest in Mega Millions history and the fifth largest jackpot in U.S. history.
“The strong sales of Mega Millions tickets mean more than just an exciting jackpot,” said Paula Otto, executive director of the Virginia Lottery and lead director for the Mega Millions group. “They mean greater profits to benefit each state in which Mega Millions is played.”
The lottery said there were more than five million winning tickets sold for Tuesday's drawing, but that none of them matched all six numbers. Five of those tickets matched the five balls, but not the Mega Ball. Each of those winners, none of whom were in Texas, received a nice holiday bonus of $1 million.
On Dec. 3, Pedro Luna of Buda claimed a $5 million Mega Millions prize and on July 16, 2013, Texas’ 10th Mega Millions jackpot prize winning ticket was sold at the Rosslyn Food Mart located at 9245 N. Houston Rosslyn Road in Houston.
Want a shot at winning? Mega Millions tickets are available at many North Texas grocery and convenience stores and sell for $1 each.
Don't start shopping for extra Christmas presents just yet, the odds of winning the Mega Millions jackpot is 1 in 259 million. The odds were recently lowered to increase the odds of having larger jackpots. To date, the current jackpot has rolled over 20 times since it began on Oct. 1.
The next drawing is Friday night at 10 p.m.