The Mega Millions jackpot has risen to an estimated $654 million, after no one won in Friday's drawing.
A lucky player could soon overcome remarkably bad odds to win the ninth-largest lottery jackpot in US history.
"It's a chance. You can't win unless you play", said Jamiu Kolawole after he received his free ticket.
Many people hoped to spend their hypothetical winnings on travel. The chance of matching all six numbers and winning the jackpot is one in 302.5 million.
Other jackpots won this year include $451 million in January, $533 million in March, and $142 million in May.
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Mega Millions jackpot prize totals climb each drawing when no players claim a flawless six-number match to the drawing. It was the 22nd consecutive drawing that left the jackpot untouched.
Mega Millions officials say no tickets matched all six numbers to claim the estimated $548 million grand prize.
The Powerball Jackpot for Saturday night is worth $314 million as of Friday afternoon.
The $548 million jackpot refers to the annuity option, paid out over 29 years.
NY has sold the most Mega Millions jackpot winnings in game history, with 35 wins in the last 16 years. Not bad for a couple of $2 tickets.