The Mega Hundreds of thousands jackpot reached novel heights Wednesday with an estimated $750 million lottery prize — the second-largest payout in the recreation’s ancient previous.

The file came sooner than Friday’s drawing after no mark holder matched with all six numbers on Tuesday evening. 9 tickets matched five white balls to take the recreation’s second prize of no longer lower than $1 million. The tickets were sold in Florida, California, Georgia, Illinois, Missouri, Contemporary Jersey, Texas and Washington.

There hasn’t been a lottery winner who has matched all six numbers since September when a mark holder in Wisconsin acquired the $120 million jackpot.

The top jackpot in Mega Hundreds of thousands ancient previous changed into $1.5 billion, which changed into acquired by one lucky mark holder in South Carolina in 2019.

Winners opt between the $750 million annuity possibility, which is awarded over 29 years, or the $550.6 million cash possibility, that will presumably well perchance also pay a straight away one-time, lump sum. Many spend the cash possibility, with about half of of lottery winnings going in direction of tax.

The percentages of worthwhile are 1 in 302,575,360 in the 45 states where it’s performed, including Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands — nonetheless that isn’t stopping somebody from dreaming huge.

Wilson Wong

Wilson Wong is a breaking files reporter with NBC News.