Human Interest Mega Millions Jackpot Jumps to $970 Million — and You Can Buy Tickets with This App No one has won the Mega Millions lottery since September By Georgia Slater Georgia Slater Twitter Georgia Slater is a writer/reporter on the Parents team at PEOPLE. She began at the brand in 2018 as an editorial intern and later returned as an intern on the Food team. Upon graduating from the University of Maryland in 2019, Georgia worked as an entertainment intern at USA Today before coming back to PEOPLE as a digital news writer. In April 2021, she began her role as a Parents writer/reporter. People Editorial Guidelines Updated on January 20, 2021 04:35 PM Share Tweet Pin Email A Mega Million ticket. Photo: CJ GUNTHER/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock The Mega Millions jackpot is nearing the $1 billion mark for the third time in history. The jackpot for Friday's drawing now stands at $970 million, or $716.3 million cash, after no one matched all six numbers in Tuesday night's drawing. If a lucky winner secures the jackpot on Friday, they will win the second-largest prize in the game's history, according to Mega Millions. The drawing "will be the 37th draw in the current jackpot run," which matches the longest roll in the game's history. While the winnings are certainly massive, they still wouldn't be as big as the current Mega Millions record, which stands at $1.537 billion, according to the lottery. That prize was won by someone in South Carolina in 2018, and remains the world's largest lotto prize ever awarded on a single ticket. Mega Millions Lottery Reaches $750M, the Second-Largest Payout Ever, After No One Wins Again Though no one matched all the numbers on Tuesday, more than 5 million people won prizes on some level, including 11 tickets that matched five white balls and won at least $1 million. No one has won the Mega Millions jackpot since September, when a player in Wisconsin won $120 million. Mega Millions ticket. FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Despite the potential for some big winnings, there are still Powerball tickets that have awarded even more in prize money. Two Powerball jackpots were previously worth $768.4 million and $758.7 million when someone won, while the biggest ever was worth $1.586 billion. That prize was won five years ago by three different people. Thanks to the new mobile app Jackpocket, people who want to play the lottery without having to leave home now have the opportunity to do so. Nurse Working on Coronavirus Frontlines Wins $1M Lottery: 'I Had Been Praying for Something' The app, which is gaining momentum with consumers, allows people to safely purchase tickets from their mobile devices. According to the app's website, Jackpocket is the first and only officially licensed third-party lottery app in the U.S. Jackpocket includes options to play games like Powerball, Mega Millions and more. After picking your game and numbers, Jackpocket will buy a ticket for you from an official lottery retailer and send a scan of the ticket to the app under your name. According to the app, winnings under $600 will go straight to your Jackpocket account and the company will never take a percentage of your winnings. Those interested in playing Friday's drawing, which is set to take place at 11 p.m. ET, can learn more information here.