US Mega Millions lottery jackpot swells to nearly $1.3bn - as winning numbers revealed

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For US lottery players dreaming of how they'll spend the Mega Millions jackpot of $1.28bn (£1.05bn) it's now time for them to check their numbers.

The draw for the nation's third-largest lottery prize was held on Friday.

It grew to such an astronomical figure after 29 consecutive draws without a winner.

The winning numbers for Friday night's draw were: 13-36-45-57-67, with a Mega Ball of 14.

The jackpot is the biggest lottery prize in nearly four years.

The winner can either claim the $1.28bn prize in the annuity option, which spreads the amount over 30 annual payments, or a cash option for an estimated $747.2m (£613.3m). Nearly all jackpot winners choose the cash option.

Those who opt for the full prize could eventually afford to buy the world's largest yacht twice over. The 590ft megayacht belongs to Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates.

The odds of winning the jackpot are one in 302.5 million.

If no one wins the jackpot on Friday night, lottery officials expect the prize will grow to an estimated $1.7bn (£1.4bn) for the next draw on Tuesday - the nation's largest lottery prize.

The UK's largest National Lottery pot of all time was £195m and was won in May this year.

It surpassed the €220m (£185m) Euromillions jackpot won in France in October 2021, which was Europe's previous record jackpot.

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