$400M at stake in Friday’s Mega Millions drawing

  • Posted: Friday, December 13, 2013 9:43 a.m.
Pete Sturtevant holds Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013, a Mega Millions ticket he bought at the Speedee Mart store in Gretna, Neb., where someone bought a winning Powerball ticket the previous day. Lottery officials behind Mega Millions say the lesser known game alongside Powerball is grabbing some attention with a $400 million jackpot _ an estimated amount that comes less than two months after a major revamp to the game. (AP PHOTO)
Pete Sturtevant holds Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013, a Mega Millions ticket he bought at the Speedee Mart store in Gretna, Neb., where someone bought a winning Powerball ticket the previous day. Lottery officials behind Mega Millions say the lesser known game alongside Powerball is grabbing some attention with a $400 million jackpot _ an estimated amount that comes less than two months after a major revamp to the game. (AP PHOTO)

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Here’s a happy problem: Deciding whether to take some Mega Millions money now or take all of it over 30 years.

There’s an estimated $400 million jackpot at stake in Friday night’s drawing, which is scheduled for 11 p.m. Eastern time.


The Mega Millions organizers say the cash option on the $400 million would be $216 million.

Forty-seven-year-old Scott Byerly, of Ankeny, Iowa, doesn’t expect he’ll have to solve the happy problem — or win — but says he’s “buying the tickets to daydream.”

The winning ticket must match the six numbers drawn. The odds of that are about 1 in 176 million. Mega Millions is played in 43 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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