Mega Millions hits $400M jackpot

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- The Mega Millions jackpot is the second-largest in the game's history and comes less than two months after the game made changes aimed at inflating its jackpots.

Mega Millions officials lowered the odds of winning in October and, thus, increased the odds of jackpots rolling over. The jackpot for Friday's Mega Millions drawing stood Thursday at an estimated $400 million. It is the fifth-largest jackpot in U.S. lottery history.

Mega Millions operators made the changes after seeing how changes to Powerball helped that lottery's jackpots balloon. Among other changes, Powerball doubled its ticket price in January 2012 from $1 to $2.


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