Mega Millions jackpot is on the rise for a reason

A single ticket in California won the $530 million jackpot in Friday's drawing. File

A single ticket in California won the $530 million jackpot in Friday's drawing. File

A single ticket, sold in San Diego, claimed Friday night's $530 million Mega Millions jackpot. A ticket purchased in Colorado is valued at $2 million because the buyer spent an extra $1 to exercise the Megaplier option.

This is the first jackpot in the game to exceed the $500 million mark since last year's record-setting $1.5 billion jackpot that was won in October.

Winners must match all five numbers plus the Mega Ball to take home the big prize. Of course, he won $1M.

The Mega Millions jackpot hasn't been hit since March 12, when Hira Singh of Shawnee, Kansas, won the $50 million top prize with a ticket he bought at a QuikTrip in Kansas City, Missouri.

The next drawing is Tuesday for a $40 million jackpot with a $26 million cash option. "We had a great victor of the Powerball jackpot on Saturday".

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Somebody in California just added half a billion dollars to their bank account.

The winning ticket was reportedly sold at Sorrento Deli Mart, ABC News reported.

Mega Millions tickets cost $2 each.

Mega Millions is played in 44 states, Washington D.C. and the U.S. Virgin Islands. After changing the number of balls drawn, the odds of winning the jackpot has gone from 1 in about 258 million to 1 in roughly 302 million.

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