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Mega Millions jackpot soars to $1 billion for Friday night's draw

This is the third-largest lottery jackpot in U.S. history and the biggest in more than two years.
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A patron, who did not want to give his name, uses the lottery ticket vending kiosk at a Smoker Friendly store to purchase tickets for the Mega Millions lottery drawing, Friday, Jan. 22, 2021, in Cranberry Township, Pa. The jackpot for the Mega Millions lottery game has grown to $1 billion ahead of Friday night's drawing after more than four months without a winner. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

BOISE, Idaho — Lottery players will get a shot at a rare jackpot Friday night.

The Mega Millions jackpot has grown to $1 billion ahead of tonight's draw.

That is the third-largest jackpot in U.S. history and the biggest in more than two years.

The Mega Millions jackpot hit an estimated $865 million on Tuesday. No one matched all the numbers which were: 10-19-26-28-50 and a Mega Ball of 16. 

It's been four months since someone won the jackpot.

Powerball, the other lottery game offered in most of the U.S., reached a staggering $731.1 million jackpot on Wednesday. Lottery officials say a single winning ticket was sold in Maryland. The winner has not come forward yet. 

Idaho Lottery officials say some retail locations may experience higher than normal volume of player traffic. Players are advised to plan accordingly, as there may be lines to purchase tickets. 

Players have until 7:55 p.m. MT on Friday evening to purchase a ticket to participate in the Mega Millions draw.

And in case you were wonderings, the highest Mega Millions jackpot hit $1.537 billion, and was won by one ticket holder in South Carolina.