Mega Millions jackpot climbs to $475 million, drawing tonight

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(NEXSTAR) – You still have time to buy tickets ahead for the $475 million Mega Millions jackpot drawing at 11 p.m. To win it all, you need to match all five numbers plus the Mega Ball. Tickets are $2 each.

Should you beat the odds and win, you’ll have two options for collecting your prize, according to the Mega Millions website:

  • An annuity option: The Mega Millions annuity is paid out as one immediate payment followed by 29 annual payments. Each payment is 5% bigger than the previous one to protect the winners’ lifestyle and purchasing power in periods of inflation.
  • A cash option: A one-time, lump-sum payment that is equal to the cash in the Mega Millions jackpot prize pool. The cash option for tonight’s drawing will be $319.4 million.

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