Mega Millions winning numbers announced for $548 million jackpot

LUCKY TICKET? Kenny Mcardle of Dorchester shows off the Mega Millions tickets he purchased at the 7 Eleven for today’s drawing. Staff

The Kentucky Lottery is giving away hundreds of Mega Millions tickets ahead of Friday's big drawing.

It's not yet known whether anyone had bought a winning ticket.

Mega Millions officials say no tickets matched all six numbers to claim the estimated $548 million grand prize.

Almost $900 million is up for grabs in nationwide lottery drawings this weekend. Most winners opt for cash, which for Friday night's drawing would be an estimated $309 million.

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The $548 million prize in Friday's drawing refers to the annuity option, which is awarded in 30 payouts.

A Mega Millions lottery ticket is seen in NY in this July 1, 2016 file photo.

Four tickets matched all five white balls Tuesday to earn the second prize, and 37 matched four white balls and the Mega Ball for a third-place prize.

"When a (Powerball) jackpot or Mega Millions goes over $500 million, that's when you really start seeing an uptick in sales of those games", Teja said. The odds of winning are about 300 million-to-1.

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