Madison players hope to win Friday's Mega Millions

Mega Millions and Powerball jack pots combine for huge high

Lottery officials say a winning ticket for the Mega Millions jackpot was sold in IL.

The triumphant ticket was purchased in Palos Heights, Illinois, as indicated by lottery authorities. The Mega Millions drawing for Friday night was for a whopping $393 million with an estimated cash value of $256 million.

Mega Millions gave players a chance this week to fantasize about one of the largest lottery jackpots ever. One, sold in Washington, included the optional Megaplier to win $5 million after the 5x Megaplier was drawn; the others were sold in California and Ohio.

Due to the fact that the Mega Millions was at an extreme high, Steve Canastraro, a worker at Downtown Trading Company in Buffalo, has seen more people than usual deciding to buy a $1 ticket. It's the first jackpot victor in Mega Millions since April 28.

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The jackpot will reset to $15 million for the next draw on August 15.

The jackpot is only the fourth to be won this year, with the grand price climbing steadily since David Trapp won $61 million in California on April 28.

The Mega Millions lottery is offered in 44 states.

The odds of winning either jackpot is low - one in about 258.9 million for Mega Millions, and one in 292.2 million for Powerball.

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