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No one won Friday’s drawing for the Mega Millions Lottery, pushing the prize in the multi-state lottery to at least $550 million for Tuesday’s drawing, said lottery officials.

That’s a lot of cash. The jackpot has rolled over 21 times since the last big winner in October. It will be the second-largest Mega Millions jackpot in history and the fourth-largest jackpot among any United States lotteries. The current record jackpot is $656 million, shared by players in Illinois, Kansas and Maryland on March 30, 2012.

Mega Millions was revamped in October in order to grow bigger jackpots in a shorter amount of time. That also decreased the odds

A major game revamp to Mega Millions in October – aimed at growing bigger jackpots in a shorter amount of time – also decreased the odds of a person winning the top prize to about 1 in 259 million. It was previously about 1 in 176 million, nearly the same odds as winning the Powerball jackpot.

But tickets only cost, $1. Small price to dream big.

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