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Friday's Mega Millions jackpot climbs to $415 million, fourth-highest to date

(Source: MegaMillions.com Media Center) (Source: MegaMillions.com Media Center)

COLUMBIA, SC (WMBF) – At a whopping $415 million, Friday’s drawing will bring the fourth-highest Mega Millions jackpot ever, according to SC Education Lottery officials.

It’s been almost three years since the Mega Million jackpot reached this mark, but in December of 2013, when it was at $648 million – a jackpot topped only by the $656 million jackpot won in March of 2012, officials say.

There has never been a Mega Millions jackpot winner in South Carolina, but the lottery is reporting steady ticket sales heading into Friday’s drawing. The odds of claiming the big prize are 1 in 259 million.

Tickets are $1, and must be purchased by 10 p.m. Friday prior to the drawing at 11 p.m.

If the winner takes the cash option instead of the annuity, they would receive an estimated $286 million, according to the Mega Millions website.

Mega Millions is played in 44 states plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Think you're destined to win? Check out a slideshow of some of the things you could do with your winnings.

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