Mega Millions Jackpot Now at Half-Billion Dollars

ATLANTA (AP) -- The Mega Millions jackpot is now the largest in U.S. lottery history.

Georgia Lottery officials say the jackpot reached $500 million on Wednesday. It has rolled 18 times since Marcia Adams of College Park won $72 million in the Jan. 24 drawing.

Mega Millions tickets can't be purchased in Florida, which is not a member of the multi-state consortium. But Florida players in the Panhandle are headed across the Georgia state line for a shot at the money.

A winner could get $19.2 million a year for 26 years or a single payment worth $359 million. The next drawing is Friday at 11 p.m.

Previously, the largest jackpot was $390 million, won by two players in Georgia and New Jersey in March 2007.


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