Mega Millions jackpot shoots up another 70 million

Mega Millions Jackpot Climbs to $970 million

Jackpot reaches record high

The estimated annuity value of the jackpot in Friday's Mega Millions drawing was increased today to $970 million, making it the largest in the game’s history and second-largest in U.S. lottery jackpot history. 

The previous record jackpot in Mega Millions was a $656 million prize that was shared by winners from Kansas, Illinois and Maryland in March 2012. To date, New York has sold 36 jackpot-winning Mega Millions ticketsSince 2002 sales of New York's Mega Millions tickets have generated more than $2.3 billion for aid to education.

Tickets for Friday's night's drawing can be purchased until 10:45 p.m. The live drawing will be televised at 11 p.m.

A Mega Millions prize of any amount may be claimed up to one year from the date of the drawing.

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