Feeling lucky? Mega Millions jackpot for Friday is $970 million

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The US Mega Millions jackpot climbed to almost $1 billion for Friday's drawing, the largest ever for the contest, and the second biggest USA lottery on record, trailing a $1.586 billion Powerball jackpot paid out in 2016.

More than $1 billion is up for grabs in this weekend's drawings for the nation's two giant multi-state lottery games, and North Carolina players have as good a chance as anyone at winning.

Lottery officials say scammers are targeting people through email saying they may have won $1 million and they are using the Mega Millions logo as part of their letterhead to make it look legitimate. The odds of winning the Mega Millions jackpot are 1 in 302.5 million.

The Mega Millions jackpot is nudging the US$1 billion mark.

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Now, by Friday morning, that jackpot struck $970 million or a cash lump sum of $548 million.

Tipsters claim that the odds of winning both jackpots is one in 88 quadrillion, which is 88 followed by 15 zeros for the mathematically-challenged amongst us.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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This can get complicated, but for the most part winners pay taxes where they bought the ticket and then can get a credit on their taxes in their home state. The Illinois Lottery is planning to give away 970 tickets outside the Thompson Center in downtown Chicago from 10 a.m.to 1 p.m. About half of that would go to taxes.

The jackpot goes to a victor who matches the five numbers and the Powerball number.

If a player is lucky enough to win, Uniondale lawyer Jason Kurland, who has worked with 30 lottery winners, has some advice for would-be lotto winners.

Odlyzko does say there is a way to increase your odds of winning.

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The lottery takes the cash value of the prize and invests it over that period. Well you can take your chances in a ticket machine in Chicagos Loop. You can pick your own numbers or the computer will do it for you.

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