Kentucky Lottery officials give away free Mega Millions tickets ahead of $548M drawing

Jackpot would be ninth-largest in U.S. history

Kentucky Lottery officials give away free Mega Millions tickets ahead of $548M drawing
The first 250 players in line received free tickets ahead of Friday night’s $548 million dollar drawing.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Visitors at the Kroger store in McMahan Plaza walked out with more than just groceries Friday.

The Kentucky Lottery wanted to thank its loyal players, so representatives were at Breckinridge Lane location giving away free Mega Millions tickets.

The first 250 players in line received free tickets ahead of Friday night’s $548 million dollar drawing.

Kentucky Lottery Senior Vice President Chip Polston said he’s excited to crown Kentucky’s new half billionaire Saturday morning.

“Your odds of winning are exactly the same, whether it’s $40 million or $548 million,” Polston said. “People get really excited when they see these big numbers and want to get in the game.”

Polston said the odds to win are 300 million to 1. Friday’s jackpot is the third largest in the game’s history and ninth largest jackpot of any kind in U.S. history.

The cutoff to buy a ticket is 10:45 p.m.

In last week’s drawing, an Elizabethtown woman won $1 million on a $2 Quick Pick ticket.

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