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NextImg:Mega Millions jackpot estimated to be the biggest-ever after no one wins most recent drawing

No one won the grand prize for the Mega Millions lottery drawing on Friday, meaning that the estimated jackpot for Tuesday’s drawing is at $1.55 billion, the largest in the game’s history.

Whether or not the estimated jackpot continues to rise before Tuesday, it will set the all-time record for biggest jackpot if it hits.

The current estimate of $1.55 billion beats out the current all-time record holder, a $1.537 billion prize hit by a ticket purchased in South Carolina on Oct. 23, 2018.

The jackpot for Friday was initially estimated at $1.25 billion, which would have been the fourth-highest of all time for Mega Millions, and then jumped to $1.35 billion, which would have been the second-highest jackpot ever for the lottery game.

The cash option for a potential Tuesday winner comes out to $757.2 million; the other option, as always, is an immediate payout followed by 29 annual payments that increase by 5% every year.

The last jackpot winning ticket for Mega Millions was sold in New York on April 18 with a $20 million grand prize. Tuesday’s drawing will be the 32nd one since that win.

For those looking to try and win the big prize, the $2 Mega Millions tickets are available in D.C., the U.S. Virgin Islands, and 45 U.S. states; the tickets are not sold in Alaska, Alabama, Hawaii, Nevada and Utah.

• Brad Matthews can be reached at bmatthews@washingtontimes.com.