Mega Millions drawing could award $1.28 billion to winner Friday night

Here’s what you need to know about the drawing:

What time is the Mega Millions drawing?

The Mega Millions numbers will be drawn at 11 p.m. Eastern time.

The numbers are usually read in Atlanta on Tuesday and Friday nights by Georgia Lottery host John Crow in a segment lasting about 45 seconds.

Where can I watch the Mega Millions drawing?

The live drawing can be viewed on news stations across the country; New York's WABC and Philadelphia's WTXF will live-stream the drawing.

Mega Millions also posts a video of the drawing on its YouTube page, but not until the drawing is complete.

Mega Millions also posts a video of the drawing on its YouTube page, but not until the drawing is complete.

How is the Mega Millions jackpot at $1.28 billion?

The nearly record amount is because there have been 29 consecutive draws and all six numbers have gone without a matching winner.

How have past lottery winners spent the money?

In the past, big-money winners of the lottery have spent their prizes on homes, paying off debt and helping their communities.

But the fortune of some has turned into misfortune for others, whose wealth will ruin them.