Mega Millions Jackpot increased for Friday's drawing

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The Mega Millions jackpot for Friday's drawing has been raised from an estimated $247 million to an estimated $253 million. The cash value of the jackpot will be approximately $157.5 million.

“Both the Mega Millions and the Powerball jackpots are in dream territory,” said May Scheve Reardon, executive director of the Missouri Lottery. “While it is fun to dream, we always want to remind players to play responsibly. It only takes one ticket to win.”

If you want to buy a ticket for Friday's Mega Millions jackpot, players in Missouri are reminded to play early to avoid long lines, sign the back of your ticket immediately and put it in a safe place.

Players in Missouri have until 8:59 p.m. to buy a Mega Millions ticket for the $253 million jackpot, and until 8:59 p.m. on Saturday to buy a ticket for the estimated $300 million Powerball jackpot.

For more information about both games, go to

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