Mega Millions jackpot increased to estimated $253 million

Dina Rudick  Globe Staff  File

Dina Rudick Globe Staff File

The Mega Millions jackpot is an estimated $253 million, with the cash option of $157.5 million.

If a MI player hits the Mega Millions jackpot, it would be the largest Mega Millions jackpot in the state.

Instead of dreaming of a white Christmas, some may be tempted to wish for a big lottery win this weekend.

The Powerball jackpot has grown since October 28 and has rolled 16 times.

In addition to the educational beneficiaries, players have won more than $11.8 billion in prizes and Lottery retailers have earned more than $1.1 billion in retailer commissions.

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Mega Millions drawings are every Tuesday and Friday.

No one has matched all numbers since October for Mega Millions or Powerball, according to the Georgia Lottery Corp.

Powerball offers two jackpot payment options: the $300 million jackpot prize paid over 29 years in 30 graduated payments; or the cash option, which is approximately $191 million.

Proceeds from Mega Millions and Powerball benefit education in Georgia. Tickets cost $2 each.

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