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Mega Millions jackpot soars to $1.35 billion

A life-changing amount of cash is up for grabs for Illinois Lottery players this weekend.

The Mega Millions jackpot for tonight’s drawing has soared to a sweltering $1.35 billion, and the Powerball jackpot is now worth an estimated $404 million for Saturday night’s drawing – a combined top prize pool of over $1.75 billion.

If a player wins Friday night’s massive grand prize, it would be the second largest Mega Millions jackpot in U.S. history.

Just six months ago, a $1.34 billion Mega Millions jackpot was won with a single ticket purchased at the Speedway gas station in Des Plaines, Illinois. This was the fifth largest lottery prize in U.S. history and the largest prize ever won in Illinois. 

With over 7,000 Illinois Lottery retailers across the State, lottery players can conveniently pick up a ticket at their local store – or they can login to the Illinois Lottery website or app and purchase a ticket online.

Mega Millions is played every Tuesday and Friday night, with the next draw taking place on Friday, January 13 at 10:00 p.m (CT). Powerball is played every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday, with the next draw taking place on Saturday, January 14 at 9.59 p.m (CT).

About the Illinois Lottery:

Founded in 1974, the Illinois Lottery has contributed over $24 billion (since 1985) to the state’s Common School Fund to assist K-12 public schools, as well as hundreds of millions of dollars to the Capital Projects Fund and to special causes. For more information, visit

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