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Lottery jackpot once again pushing $1B

You could become nearly a billionaire again on Friday the next time you pick up a snack or fill up your gas tank. Friday night’s jackpot for the Mega Millions is an estimated $940 million and could be well over a billion dollars if no one matches all the numbers. It currently ranks as the sixth-largest jackpot in U.S. history, with bigger ones happening recently. The biggest lottery jackpot wrapped up last November when a California resident won a record $2.04 billion. A few months earlier, an Illinois resident won $1.34 billion playing Mega Millions. The popular lottery game is played in 45 states, Washington D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The big jackpot could also put the state’s property owners on the path toward another year of savings on their tax bills. Last month, Wisconsin Department of Revenue Secretary Peter Barca announced that homeowners in the state would receive an approximately $213 credit on their property tax bill.

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