MegaBucks for Friday's MEGA Millions California Lottery Jackpot

No one won the $363,000,000 on Tuesday and now the prize is half a billion dollars.

Count them—eight zeros!

The California Lottery MEGA Millions game has a half billion-dollar jackpot for Friday night’s draw. That's an all-time record of $500 million.

Let that roll around on your tongue for a while. Half a billion dollars; $500 million. Either way you say it, it's a whole lotta cash. If you win the jackpot you better learn how to say "new tax bracket."

According to the CA Lottery, the estimated cash option for Friday’s draw is $359.4 million and the retailer who sells the jackpot-winning ticket will receive the maximum bonus of $1 million. For reference, the largest MEGA Millions jackpot ever won was $390 million in March 2007.

The big jackpot could mean instant financial security for some lucky person and a chance at some serious philanthropy. If a Mountain View resident wins the jackpot Friday, what would you like that person to do for Mountain View? 

Put your answer in the comments. Tomorrow Mountain View Patch will publish a poll to try and determine readers' favorite philanthropic ideas for a potential lottery winner living in Mountain View.

Oh, and don't forget to buy your lotto ticket by Friday at 8 p.m. PST! Wonder if the !


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