All your pressing Mega Millions questions, answered

All your pressing Mega Millions questions, answered

Published July 27, 2022
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The Mega Millions jackpot has surpassed $1 billion for the third time in the history of the lottery. This illustration photo shows a Mega Millions lottery ticket in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday. Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

The Mega Millions lottery is a draw for many who want just that — a chance at winning millions of dollars — but especially when the jackpot balloons to astronomical amounts. As the amount grows, so does the hype, with many rushing to local convenience stores to join in on the gamble.

But if you’ve never played Mega Millions or even another lottery game, you might not know where to start — or if you even want to play. Here are some things you might want to know before you decide.

The next drawing is Friday at 11 p.m. ET, and folks, this is one of the big ones. The Mega Millions jackpot is at $1.025 billion. It’s the third largest jackpot in Mega Millions history and only the third time for the jackpot to be above $1 billion.