For the first time in more than six months, one of the major regional lottery games is boasting a big number for its jackpot.

Illinois Lottery officials report Friday’s Mega Millions jackpot stands at $340-million dollars for a single winner.

Lottery officials say that, with the big potential payday, this would be a good time to get together with family, friends or co-workers to form a lottery pool.

If you win Friday night and want to take the cash option, that is worth $230.8 million.

Also keep in mind the odds of winning the jackpot is one in over 302-million.

The next Mega Millions drawing takes place at 10 p.m. Friday.