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An average of 139,000 tickets are being sold every hour in the state, ahead of the largest drawing Friday for the Mega Millions jackpot that reached $970 million Thursday, officials said.

As of 11 a.m., Michigan players had already bought nearly 700,000 Mega Millions tickets, said Jeff Holyfield, spokesman for the Michigan Lottery. That's a total of 3.4 million tickets purchased in the state.

The odds are enormous, one in 302.5 million, for those keeping score at home.

A total of 1.8 million tickets have been sold for Friday night's drawing, Holyfield said. 

By comparison, players bought 3.8 million tickets for Tuesday night's drawing, with 2.6 million bought on Tuesday alone, when the jackpot was $667 million.

What happens if you match all six numbers?

Holyfield said the pattern is typical: The majority of tickets for a big jackpot are purchased on the day of the drawing.

Players have until 10:45 p.m. Friday to buy tickets at retailers or online at MichiganLottery.com for Friday night’s drawing."

If a player were to win a $970 million, a lump-sum cash option would be $548.6 million, the lottery bureau said. The net for that after required tax withholdings would be $393.6 million.

The Mega Millions jackpot is the second largest lottery jackpot in U.S. history.  The largest is the $1.6 billion Powerball jackpot won on Jan. 13, 2016 (California, Florida, and Tennessee).  

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