BOSTON (CBS) – The Mega Millions jackpot is now at $540 million for Friday’s drawing, a new world record.

The jackpot jumped to $476 million overnight into Wednesday morning after no one won Tuesday night’s drawing.

Those numbers were: 9, 19, 34, 44, 51 and the Mega Ball 24.

That jackpot was $363 million, which means the total prize has increased $177 million in less than 36 hours.

The lump-sum cash option is now up to a record $389 million.

The previous jackpot record was $390 million, for a Mega Millions game in March 2007.  Two winning tickets that year were purchased in Georgia and New Jersey.

The odds of winning a Mega Millions jackpot are 1 in 176 million.

Comments (7)
  1. Graham says:

    actually the odds are,,,,,,50/50 eather you win or not 50/50

  2. Julie the Jarhead says:

    Remember, people, don’t go in on a group ticket. You’re only asking for touble. Buy your own.

  3. Margaret E. Witham says:

    I should give my winnings to Jonathan Elias the 11 PM news anchor who claimed that “Fidel Castro hasn’t read a newspaper in 40 years.” He may be headed back to school or the library or the Internet or….”

    What’s your thinking on that one Mr. Elias?

  4. Denise says:

    Can someone explain to me why the jackpot is 540 Million but the lump sum is 389? When you get taxed are they going to tax you on your “winnings” of 540 Million or your actual 389 Million? Ohhh to have those things to worry about! LOL..

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