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Mega Millions Jackpot Reaches $370 Million As Lottery Offices Experience Technical Issues

The final Mega Millions jackpot of 2018 will be the fifth-biggest of the year

December 28, 2018 - 2:25 pm
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(WWJ) -- The final Mega Millions jackpot of 2018 will be the fifth-biggest of the year, as Michigan Lottery officials say the jackpot has climbed to $370 million for Friday night's drawing.

If someone in Michigan were to win the jackpot, it would be the largest Mega Millions prize won in the state, and the first Michigan player to hit the jackpot since October 2017.

The jump in the jackpot comes the same day that lottery offices across the country are experiencing technical issues that are impacting Lottery systems, including in Michigan.

Lottery officials say they are in contact with the vendor experiencing the issue so that service can be restored as quickly as possible.

"We appreciate your patience and apologize for the inconvenience," the Michigan Lottery said in a separate tweet.

It is unclear what the exact problem is.

Mega Millions fever swept the country earlier in 2018 when the largest jackpot in history -- $1.6 billion -- was up for grabs, ultimately being won in South Carolina.

Lottery players can catch the winning numbers announced live on WWJ Newsradio 950 at 11 p.m. Friday night.