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Mega Millions jackpot rises to $900 million

Al Loving of Sayville, left, and Stacy Spinelli

Al Loving of Sayville, left, and Stacy Spinelli of Bohemia try their luck Tuesday and buy Mega Millions and Powerball tickets at Carden Card & Gift Shop in Oakdale. Photo Credit: James Carbone

DES MOINES, Iowa — The Mega Millions jackpot is now up to $900 million.

Lottery officials raised the estimated prize Wednesday, less than a day after another drawing without a winner increased the prize to $868 million.

Officials say no tickets matched all six numbers to claim the Mega Millions prize Tuesday night. The numbers were 3, 45, 49, 61, 69 and Mega Ball 9.

The next drawing will be Friday. The estimated jackpot for that drawing would be the second-largest lottery prize in U.S. history.

Meanwhile, the Powerball jackpot for Wednesday's 10:59 p.m. drawing had rolled to a $345 million annuity, with an estimated cash value of $199 million.

The largest lottery jackpot was a $1.6 billion Powerball prize won in January 2016.

The jackpot has been growing since July, when some California office workers won $543 million.

The odds of winning the jackpot aren't good, at one in 302.5 million.

Mega Millions is played in 44 states, Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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