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$1.28 billion Mega Millions pot awaits winner

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For the third time in the history of the national lottery game, Mega-Millions, the jackpot has grown to more than $1 billion to $1.28 billion at the last report.

At the current rate, it would register as the second largest jackpot in the lottery’s history, only behind 2018’s drawing that awarded $1.5 billion.

The drawing took place Friday night, here are the winning numbers: 13, 36, 45, 57, 67 and Mega number 14.

Chances are 1 in 302,575,350

The cash payout on the grand prize, after taxes, would be $747.2 million at this jackpot level. However, The odds of matching all five numbers and the “Mega” number are 1 in 302,575,350, according to the California Lottery. The overall chance of winning a prize is 1 in 24.

Ticket sales end at 7 p.m. with the draw set for 8 p.m.

According to a report by City News Service, buying tickets at a store where tickets with large jackpots have been sold in the past will not increase a purchaser’s chance of winning a jackpot, according to USC mathematics professor Ken Alexander.

Numbers Above 31 A Good Play

The chance that a given place will sell a winning lottery ticket is just related to how many tickets they sell,” Alexander told City News Service.

However, players wanting a better chance of avoiding sharing the jackpot should choose numbers that aren’t selected as often, Alexander said. Lottery players frequently choose the date of their birthdays as one of their numbers, so numbers higher than 31 would be played less, he said.

Check back with HeySoCal.com tonight after 8 p.m. for the winning numbers.

Drew Voros can be reached at drewvoros@beaconmedianews.com.

Updated July 29, 2022, 11:16 p.m.

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