March 30, 2018 / 10:06 AM / 22 days ago

Mega Millions jackpot tops $500 million for only fourth time

(Reuters) - The jackpot for the Mega Millions lottery has climbed to $502 million for Friday’s drawing, only the fourth time in the game’s history it has surpassed the half a billion dollar mark, the lottery said.

A ticket is seen ahead of the Mega Millions lottery draw which reached a jackpot of $415 Million in Manhattan, New York, U.S., July 1, 2016. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly/File Photo

It follows a March 27 Mega Millions drawing that was the twenty-third in a row without a jackpot-winning ticket. The grand prize has rolled higher since it was last won on Jan. 5 at $451 million by a 20-year-old Florida man, the lottery said.

Friday’s 11 pm ET (0300 GMT) jackpot drawing will be for the tenth largest prize ever offered in the United States. Powerball holds the record with a $1.586 billion payout in 2016. The Mega Millions record is $656 million won in 2012.

Reporting By Andrew Hay; Editing by Michael Perry

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