The Mega Millions jackpot is continuing to climb.

With no jackpot winner in Tuesday’s drawing, the jackpot for Friday’s drawing is an estimated $400 million.

This jackpot has been growing since Oct. 1 and has now rolled 20 times without a winner.

If one ticket matches all six numbers for the $400 million mega-jackpot, the winner will have the choice of receiving the full jackpot in 30 annual payments, or a cash option of approximately $216.4 million before taxes.

The odds of winning the jackpot are approximately one in 259 million.

This jackpot is the second-largest in Mega Millions history.

The next drawing will take place at 11 Friday night.

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  • JoeP

    Just curious, Pete. How many jackpots have you won with your strategy?

  • Pete Turner

    Do you mind if I post my 4 lottery rules that you may find useful: DON'T have regular special numbers - they can become a millstone round your neck so you dare not ever forget to play them. DON'T choose birthday or calendar date numbers - millions of people do that and you'll probably have to share any win. DON'T choose consecutive numbers (like 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6). Amazingly, tens of thousands of people do this, so your win share could be very small. DO consider quick picks (lucky dips) - it seems to help if you don't try to figure out your own choices. Better still, find a way of getting what you could think of as your own 'personal quick pick'. There's an online number generator that could be worth a try. Look for VillaLibra and see if you can locate it. Only for fun, of course, but you never know...