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Mega Millions jackpot soars to potential record after no winner Friday, lottery says

Mega Millions lottery tickets are sold at a 7-Eleven store in the Loop on January 22, 2021 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo Illustration by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

(CNN) — A record Mega Millions jackpot may be in play after no ticket matched all winning numbers in Friday night’s drawing, the lottery said.

The estimated $1.55 billion grand prize – about $757.2 million if the lump sum cash option is chosen – could potentially be the largest jackpot in Mega Millions’ history during the next drawing Tuesday night at 11 p.m. ET. A record Mega Millions jackpot of around $1.53 billion was won in South Carolina in 2018.

“With enthusiastic players across the country, many of whom are newcomers to the game, it is indeed likely that there will be a new record Mega Millions jackpot. However, we won’t know for sure until we get closer to Tuesday’s drawing; at this level, jackpots are hard to predict with complete accuracy,” Mega Millions said in a news release early Saturday.

Friday’s winning numbers were 11-30-45-52-56 with a Mega Ball of 20.

And although no one matched them all, some players did get rich Friday.

Seven tickets sold across Louisiana, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas won $1 million each after matching the first five numbers, according to Mega Millions.

Two tickets sold in Michigan and Tennessee won $2 million each by matching the first five and activating the Megaplier, an option available in most states with an extra $1 purchase, the lottery said.

The Mega Millions’ grand prize has been steadily increasing since April 18, when the last jackpot of $20 million was claimed in New York.

The all-time record for largest lottery jackpot was a $2.04 billion Powerball jackpot won last year in California.