Mega Millions jackpot reaches $353M

Posted at: 03/14/2014 1:22 PM
By: Elizabeth Reed,

Friday night's Mega Millions jackpot is now worth $353 million--the fifth-largest prize in the game's history.

The current jackpot run started at $15 million on Jan. 7 and has grown to $353 million through 19 consecutive drawings. If the jackpot is not hit tonight, it will roll to an estimated $400 million.

The cash option for the jackpot is $194 million before taxes.

New Mexico Lottery players have until 8:45 p.m. to buy tickets for the 9 p.m. drawing.

The odds of winning a Mega Millions jackpot are approximately 1 in 259 million.