Friday's Mega Millions winning numbers for the $1 billion jackpot

The $1 billion jackpot goes beyond the technical capabilities of this Mega Millions billboard, Friday, Oct. 19, 2018. (WJAR)

The Mega Millions jackpot has soared to an estimated $1 billion, as the second-largest lottery prize in U.S. lottery history gets even bigger.

The winning numbers for the $1 billion Mega Millions drawing are 15, 23, 53, 65 70 and Mega Ball 7.

Lottery officials increased the grand prize just hours ahead of the Friday night drawing. The prize climbed from $970 million.

Although the jackpot keeps increasing , the odds of winning remain stuck at a miserable one in 302.5 million.

The prize has grown so large because no one has hit the jackpot since July 24, when a group in California won $543 million.

The $1 billion prize refers to the annuity option. Most winners opt for cash, which for Friday night's drawing would be $565 million.

Officials say that if there isn't a winner, the prize for Tuesday night's drawing would be $1.6 billion, tying the largest U.S. lottery prize.

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