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Mega Millions rush as jackpot hits $312M

There's a rush to get Mega Millions tickets before the Friday draw, as the jackpot hits $312 million.

March 25, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
There's a rush to get Mega Millions tickets before the Friday draw, as the jackpot hits $312 million.

After no one matched all six numbers in Tuesday night's drawing, many people are heading to get their tickets for a chance to hit the jackpot.

Tickets will be sold until 7:45 p.m. The draw will be held just before 8 p.m.

The estimated cash option is $198 million. It's the sixth largest jackpot ever, edging closer to the all-time record jackpot of $390 million.

The jackpot has been growing since Feb. 1 - the last time the Mega Millions jackpot was won.

The odds of matching all five numbers and the Mega number is 1 in 175,711,536, according to the Mega Millions website.

The Mega Millions game is played in 41 states and the District of Columbia.

City News Service contributed to this report.