Mega Millions jackpot soars to $790m after no winners in three months

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The grand prize for the Mega Millions is now $790m (£658.1m), the fourth-largest jackpot in US lottery history.

Officials raised the grand prize on Friday because there hasn't been a winner in three months.

For 27 consecutive draws, no one has matched all six numbers meaning the jackpot has grown from its $20m starting point in April.

The pre-tax $790m prize is for a potential winner who chooses the annuity option, paid out in 30 yearly payments but most players take the cash option, which for Friday's draw would be $646.4m.

The Mega Millions is played in 45 US states, Washington DC and the US Virgin Islands.

The highest-ever lottery jackpot in the US was the Powerball in January 2016 with three tickets winning $1.59bn.

This was followed by a $1.54bn Mega Millions jackpot in October 2018 and a $1.05bn Mega Millions prize in January 2021.

If someone was to win the jackpot, the winnings would be higher than Kylie Jenner and Kanye West's earnings, according to Forbes.

Other celebrities who earn less than the total winnings include footballers Neymar, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, actor Dwanye Johnson, singer Elton John and celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay.

But what can almost $800m buy?

If any winners are looking for a swanky property in Beverly Hills, then they could easily afford one.

Estate agents Hilton & Hyland are selling the largest property ever permitted in Los Angeles for $250m (£208.3m).

It is currently under construction, but it will have a gym, pool, massage room, two guest suites, a guest house, a waterfall wine lounge, 36 person movie theatre and 19 bedrooms.

For something a bit smaller, the eight-bedroom Sloane House in London is currently on sale for $230m (£191.6m).

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Buying either property would leave the winner with enough to buy the most expensive new car currently on the market - a Gordon Murray Automotive T.50 Niki Lauda, which is worth $4.4m (£3.7m), according to Barron's magazine.

Winners could also buy 692,982,456 Hershey milk chocolate bars with the winnings.

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