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Mega Millions jackpot up to more than $350 million

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Don't forget to make time to swing by your local lottery ticket store this week.

It could win you more than $350 million.

The Mega Millions jackpot has now passed the $350-million mark, and someone could win big this Friday night.

Virginians have had somewhat of a lucky streak lately, as lottery players in the commonwealth bought more than 114,000 tickets, and won a total of $239,571 in Tuesday night's drawing.

All of that means the Mega Millions jackpot prize has now reached an estimated $353 million.

The Virginia Lottery said Wednesday it expects to sell more than 1.5 million Mega Millions tickets in Virginia on Friday alone.

If one ticket matches all six numbers in Friday night's drawing, the winner will have a choice: either take the full $353-million jackpot in 30 annual payments, or choose a one-time cash option of approximately $194 million before taxes.

Eight Mega Millions jackpots have been won in Virginia since the game began in 2002. The most recent winner was Lewis Howard of Cumberland, who matched all six numbers to claim $99 million in the May 17, 2013 Mega Millions drawing.

Mega Millions drawings are held Tuesday and Friday nights at 11:00. Drawings are broadcast on TV stations across Virginia and streamed live at www.valottery.com and on the Lottery's Facebook page.

The Virginia Lottery generates more than $1.3 million per day for Virginia's K-12 public schools.

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