Did Anyone Win $1.25 Billion Mega Million Jackpot?

On Friday, August 4, a $1.25 billion Mega Millions prize was up for grabs, the fourth highest in the game's history.

 At the time of going to press, Mega Millions authorities had not yet announced a winner for Friday's drawing. 

A winner would get either an annuity payout of $1.25 billion over 25 years or a lump sum payment of $625.3 million (both amounts are before taxes).

Players may win the jackpot if their tickets match the first five numbers selected plus the gold Mega Ball.

 If a player's numbers only partially match the numbers chosen, he or she may still win a reward. 

 The probability of winning the jackpot is one in 302,575,350. For consolation prizes, the odds are better.

The "Mega Ball" number, ranging from 1 to 25, is picked from a separate pool and hence may be the same as one of the first five numbers. 

The player has the option of either selecting their own numbers or selecting a "quick pick," in which the lottery machine chooses a group of numbers at random.

When Tuesday's $1.05 billion Mega Millions jackpot was not won, it became the fourth highest in the game's history.

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