US Mega Millions lottery jackpot at $1.1b

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One of America's biggest lottery prizes just got a little bigger as the Mega Millions jackpot increased to an estimated $US1.1 billion ($A1.6 billion).

The increase ahead of Friday night's drawing makes the jackpot the third -argest, behind $US1.5 billion ($A2.2 billion) prizes won in 2018 and 2016.

The Mega Millions prize has grown so large because it has been more than three months since anyone matched the game's six numbers and snagged the jackpot.

That amounts to 29 consecutive drawings without a winner.

The odds of anyone winning the Mega Millions jackpot are a staggering 1 in 302.5 million.

The $US1.1 billion ($A1.6 billion) prize is for players who get their winnings through an annuity, paid annually over 29 years.

Nearly all winners take the cash option, which for Friday's drawing is an estimated $US648.2 million ($A931.2 million).

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