Mega Millions jackpot nearing $300 million

BALTIMORE - The Mega Millions lottery jackpot is on the rise again.

According to state lottery officials, Friday's Mega Millions drawing will be approximately $291 million with a $157 million cash option.

While it is a very large jackpot, this Mega Million jackpot is less than half of the record-$656 million prize in March 2012. That prize was split between winners in Maryland, Kansas and Illinois.

In that case, the Maryland winners, dubbed "The Three Amigos," all worked in the state's education system and split the $158 million cash prize. The winning ticket was purchased at 7-Eleven, located on 8014 Liberty Rd. in Milford Mill.