The Mega Millions jackpot stands at an annuity value of $430 million ($291.1 million cash) for Friday night's drawing after growing since February 16.

The multi-state lottery's jackpot has only been won twice in 2021: a group of players from Michigan won $1.05 billion in January and a $96 million prize went to a New York player in February.

It's been nearly three years since the one and only jackpot winning Mega Millions ticket ever sold in New Hampshire was played on the Seacoast at Brookside Market & Deli on Hampton Road in Exeter. The ticket that won a $168 million jackpot on July 24, 2019, earned the store $75,000.

Tickets to the multi-state lottery have been sold in New Hampshire since 2010, according to officials at the New Hampshire Lottery.

Friday night's jackpot, if won, would be the 11th highest in the game's history. Sales on Friday could push the jackpot higher.

Contact reporter Dan Alexander at or via Twitter @DanAlexanderNH

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