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Minnesota Lottery to give away 250 Mega Millions tickets on Friday

The jackpot for the Friday draw has swelled to $900 million.

With the next Mega Millions jackpot the 2nd largest in American lottery history, Minnesota Lottery will hold a giveaway ahead of Friday's draw.

Minnesota Lottery will give a free Mega Millions ticket to the first 250 people aged 18 and over to visit its "Scratch Utility Vehicle" outside its Roseville HQ on Friday.

The giveaway will be held between noon and 1 p.m., with those wanting a free ticket required to say "I'MN."

The Minnesota Lottery's HQ can be found at 2645 Long Lake Road in Roseville, so if you live longer than $2 of gas away from there, you might as well just buy your own ticket.

Friday's Mega Millions draw is set to have a jackpot of $900 million, with nobody having won the jackpot since July.

The largest jackpot in U.S. lottery history was the $1.6 billion top prize in the Powerball in 2016.

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If someone wins the $900 million prize and takes the cash option, they would see the amount they get reduced to $513.4 million, which would be $352.9 million after tax.

Otherwise, they could take it as yearly payments, starting with $13.5 million in year one before tax, eventually reaching $55.7 million by year 30.

For the last drawing, on Tuesday, Minnesotans bought $2 million-worth of lottery tickets.

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