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Mega Millions jackpot hits $540 million for Friday drawing

  • A woman checks old lottery tickets at a self-serve machine on Thursday, July 7, 2016, at the Alton Gloor Exxon gas station in Brownsville, Texas. Friday's drawing will be the 35th since Mega Millions had a winner — the longest rollover stretch in the game's history. Otto says that since the last winner in March, Mega Millions ticket sales have exceeded $1 billion. (Jason Hoekema/The Brownsville Herald via AP)

    A woman checks old lottery tickets at a self-serve machine on Thursday, July 7, 2016, at the Alton Gloor Exxon gas station in Brownsville, Texas. Friday's drawing will be the 35th since Mega Millions had a winner — the longest rollover stretch in the game's history. Otto says that since the last winner in March, Mega Millions ticket sales have exceeded $1 billion. (Jason Hoekema/The Brownsville Herald via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this July 1, 2016, file photo, Mega Millions lottery tickets rest on a counter at a Pilot travel center near Burlington, N.C. The Mega Millions jackpot received a boost to over $500 million for the Friday, July 8, drawing after no one picked the right numbers Tuesday night. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)

    FILE - In this July 1, 2016, file photo, Mega Millions lottery tickets rest on a counter at a Pilot travel center near Burlington, N.C. The Mega Millions jackpot received a boost to over $500 million for the Friday, July 8, drawing after no one picked the right numbers Tuesday night. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this July 1, 2016. file photo, Sara Thompson picks numbers for the Mega Millions lottery at a convenience store in Chicago. The Mega Millions jackpot received a boost to over $500 million for the Friday, July 8 drawing after no one picked the right numbers Tuesday night. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)

    FILE - In this July 1, 2016. file photo, Sara Thompson picks numbers for the Mega Millions lottery at a convenience store in Chicago. The Mega Millions jackpot received a boost to over $500 million for the Friday, July 8 drawing after no one picked the right numbers Tuesday night. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)  (The Associated Press)

The Mega Millions jackpot has increased to $540 million, as brisk ticket sales fuel the estimated jackpot for Friday's drawing.

Paula Otto is executive director of the Virginia Lottery and lead director for Mega Million. She says sales leading up to Friday's drawing have exceeded expectations resulting in the jackpot adjustment.

Friday's drawing will be the 35th since Mega Millions had a winner — the longest rollover stretch in the game's history. Otto says that since the last winner in March, Mega Million tickets sales have exceeded $1 billion.

Sales prior to the last drawing on Tuesday night also were higher than expected, at around $107 million. Sales were anticipated to hit $80 million.

Tickets are sold in 45 jurisdictions including 43 states plus the District of Columbia and the U. S. Virgin Islands.