The jackpot for the Mega Millions lottery game has grown to $1 billion, hours before numbers will be drawn Friday night.
The Mega Millions website says the jackpot is $1 billion, but if the winner opted for the cash option, it would be $739.6 million.
This is only the third time a lottery jackpot has grown so large, the last time in 2018. The growth is thanks to more than four months without a top prize winner, 37 number draws have failed to produce a grand prize winner.
Mega Millions is played in 45 states across the country, plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
A grand prize winner must match all six numbers and the gold "Mega Ball".