The jackpot has grown since July, the last time a winning ticket was sold.
The U.S. Mega Millions lottery, after an 11-week spell without a victor, has amassed its third-largest jackpot ever, $548 million, which will be up for grabs in Friday night's drawing. Those wanting to play can purchase $1 tickets until 10:45 p.m. It was the 22nd consecutive draw without anyone matching all six numbers.
Other jackpots won this year include $451 million in January, $533 million in March, and $142 million in May.
Many people hoped to spend their hypothetical winnings on travel. The largest, just $2 million more, was drawn in March 2012.
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Khawaja, who was named man-of-the-match for his efforts, said it was a special feeling to win score hundreds for Australia . All up, Khawaja spent nearly 13 hours at the crease with temperatures in the high 30s.
Friday night's jackpot was the third largest in Mega Millions history.
The Powerball jackpot is also on the rise.
No tickets matched all five numbers and the mega number for Tuesday's jackpot worth $470 million.
The $314 million ranks as the 24th-highest in the game's history and the 41st-highest combined jackpot ever i the U.S. The odds of winning are about 300 million-to-1.