Mega Millions Jackpot Reaches $540 Million

Mega Millions Jackpot Reaches $540 Million
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POSTED: Thursday, March 29, 2012 - 8:06am

UPDATED: Thursday, March 29, 2012 - 11:17am

EL PASO -  Lotto enthusiasts and even those who don't usually play are lining up to get their tickets.   Who can blame them for wanting to win the largest lottery jackpot in U.S. history?

the Mega Millions jackpot is up to $540 million. 

The drawing for the half billion dollar jackpot is Friday.  There hasn't been a Mega Millions winner since January 24th which is why the pot has gotten so large.

Odds of winning the jackpot are 1 in 176 million, but your odds of winning any prize is 1 in 40.  The winner could get $19.2 million per year or get $359 million all at one time.

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