The estimated Mega Millions jackpot jumped to $660 million for Friday night’s draw.
This is the third largest jackpot in Mega Millions history and the ninth largest in US lottery history.
Along with the jackpot, lottery ticket sales are also increasing.
The California Lottery exists to raise additional funds for public education, and this jackpot alone has generated an estimated additional $59 million for schools.
The Lottery would like to remind players that the only safe way to play is to purchase tickets in person.
In California, there are over 23,000 locations to securely purchase lottery tickets.
Ordering lottery tickets online or through apps is not regulated or licensed in California, so the Lottery cannot guarantee the safety, security, or integrity of these services.
Additionally, borrowing money to gamble or spending more on lottery tickets than a person can afford can lead to significant problems.
If a player recognizes that they have a gambling problem, they may call the California Problem Gambling Help Line at 1-800-GAMBLER.
The odds of winning the Mega Millions jackpot are one in 302,575,350 and the odds of winning a prize are 1 in 24.
Mega Millions draws take place on Tuesdays and Fridays at 8:00 p.m. and entry into the draw closes at 7:45 p.m. on the day of the draw.