$5M winning ticket for Tuesday night's Mega Millions sold in SA

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The Mega Millions jackpot ballooned to a record high: $900 million for Friday night's drawing.

Bradley Acord, 37, took the day off form work Wednesday to go claim his $10,000 Mega Millions prize in Topeka.

The jackpot has been growing since July, when some California office workers won $543 million.

The odds of hitting the jackpot by matching all six numbers correctly are an astronomical one in 302.6 million, but the odds of turning a Mega Millions ticket into a victor of any kind, including a US$2 prize simply for matching the "Mega ball", are a more down-to-earth one in 24.

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"It's so exciting for our players, and all of us, to see the Mega Millions jackpot getting so close to an all-time record level", Gordon Medenica, the lead director of the Mega Millions Consortium, stated in a news release on Saturday.

Those who opt for the annuity will get an immediate payment and then 29 annual payments, each 5 percent larger than the last. If someone wins the jackpot, it would mark the second-largest lottery grand prize in USA history. Blake won half of the game's $42 million jackpot in October 2017.

Mega Millions is played in Texas, 43 other states plus Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands. On April 22, 2005, a Port Huron couple, Ralph and Mary Stebbins, won $208 million playing Mega Millions.

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