The Mega Millions jackpot has reached heights that now exceed the South Dakota Lottery's displays found at retailers around the state.
The record-setting Mega Millions total has been increased to $1 billion, which is the highest in the game's history and the second largest U.S. lottery prize. The South Dakota Lottery reminds players that the jackpot displays found throughout the state indicate a $999 million prize due to character constraints.
Mega Millions tickets cost $2 each. Players may also go for the big one by purchasing two chances to win the jackpot for just $3 with the Just the Jackpot option. Tickets purchased with the Just the Jackpot option are only eligible to win the jackpot prize.
Friday's Mega Millions jackpot is second only to a 2016 Powerball tally of $1.58 billion. Saturday's Powerball drawing will also provide intrigue with its $470 million jackpot. This is the eighth largest jackpot in the game's history. Powerball drawings take place each Wednesday and Saturday, and tickets are $2.
While the jackpots are sure to create excitement among players, the South Dakota Lottery advices players to play responsibly and remember that it only takes one ticket to win. If you or someone you know has a problem with gambling, please visit
https://lottery.sd.gov/responsible/ for assistance.
Each year, the South Dakota Lottery provides up to $214,000 annually to the S.D. Department of Social Services to pay for problem gambling treatment services.
In addition to promoting responsible gaming, the South Dakota Lottery has contributed $2.81 billion to support K-12 education, projects such as drinking water improvements and more. For more information on where the funds go, visit
The South Dakota Lottery also reminds its players to take the proper steps if they do win a large prize. The Lottery offers a winners handbook with some suggestions at