Largest-ever Mega Millions jackpot up for grabs on Friday (Update: Numbers here)

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Update March 31: Numbers are in, 2-4-23-38-46, Mega Ball 23. 

If you've won and don't know what to do, feel free to send that ticket my way.

Update March 30:The Mega Millions jackpot has swelled to a whopping $640 million dollars as people snatch up more and more tickets before tonight's drawing.

Update March 29:The Mega Millions jackpot has been raised to $540 million for Friday night’s drawing, making it the largest jackpot in world history.

First reporting: Friday's Mega Millions jackpot has been getting higher and high, and reached $500 million — the largest in U.S. lottery history.

The winner can elect to take a one-time cash payment of $359 million. 

Tickets for this half-a-billion dollar drawing are available at South Carolina lottery retailers statewide. Tickets cost $1, and must be purchased by 10 p.m. for Friday’s 11 p.m. drawing.

The odds of winning the jackpot are about 1 in 175.7 million.

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