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Mega Millions Jackpot Hits $500 Million

Mega Millions Lottery Tickets (Credit: Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

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CHICAGO (CBS) — The mega jackpot for Friday’s Mega Millions lottery game is now up to a record $500 million dollars.

That’s right – half a billion bucks – after yet another rollover Tuesday night. It’s the biggest lottery jackpot ever–anywhere in the world.

“It’s the largest ever,” said Illinois Lottery Director Michael Jones. “This is an amazing thing.”

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Of course, the odds of winning will be as astronomical as the jackpot.

The cash option, for those who dream of having all their winnings at once, would be $359 million.

The winning numbers in Tuesday night’s drawing were: 09-19-34-44-51, and the Mega Ball was 24.

Two Illinois players matched five numbers, and will win $250,000. One ticket was bought in Crest Hill and the other in Pontiac.

The odds of winning the Mega Millions jackpot are about 1 in 176 million. The drawing in Friday.