Mega Millions jackpot hits $1B for Friday night's drawing

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The Mega Millions jackpot for tonight’s drawing has been increased by $30 million to $1 billion. One-time lump sum payment is $565.6 million.

The $1 billion jackpot is the largest Mega Millions jackpot ever. The biggest Mega Millions jackpot won in 2018 was a $543 million jackpot. One ticket purchased in California matched the five white balls and Mega ball to win on July 24.

Mega Millions tickets for Friday’s drawing may be purchased online at and at the Lottery’s 11,000 retailers around the state until 10:45 p.m.

MORE: Mega Millions drawing on Oct. 19: How to watch and play

When is the drawing?

Mega Millions drawings take place on Tuesdays and Fridays. The next Mega Millions drawing will happen on Friday, October 19, at 11 p.m. ET. You can watch it live on WDIV. in Detroit.

About the Author:

Ken Haddad is the digital content manager for WDIV/ He also authors the Morning Report Newsletter.