Here are your Mega Millions numbers as jackpot swells to $540M

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NEW YORK —The Mega Millons numbers drawn Friday night were 20, 19, 55, 73, 8 and 5.

With no winners yet, the Mega Millions jackpot climbed to $540 million and is expected to go even higher before the numbers are drawn Friday night, lottery officials said.

If there is a winner, they’ll bring home the seventh-largest jackpot in history, officials said. The only jackpots larger than this one reached $656 million split among three winners in March 2012, and a $648 million jackpot shared between two winners in December 2013, the lottery said.

The jackpot has been growing for four months, with the last winner drawn on March 8 in Washington, and players have until 10:45 p.m. tonight to get in on the action.

Earlier this year, a Powerball jackpot set a world record when it reached $1.586 billion in January. Three winners from California, Florida and Tennessee split the total winnings.

And now, more lotto hopefuls are waiting for their numbers to be called.

“The excitement is palpable…,” said Paula Otto, executive director of the Virginia Lottery and lead director for the Mega Millions group. “Sales are expected to grow stronger right up until Friday night’s drawing.”

The numbers will be drawn at 11 p.m. ET.

The top ten Powerball and Mega Millions jackpots in American history. (Mega Millions)

The top ten Powerball and Mega Millions jackpots in American history. (Mega Millions)