Mega Millions And Powerball Combined Jackpots Reach $2.2 Billion After No Winners

Posted October 25, 2018

The jackpot for tonight's Mega Millions drawing carries an estimated annuity value of $1.6 billion - a new world record.

Cardle said a normal day at the gas station sells a few hundred dollars worth of lottery tickets.

If a player hits all six numbers to win the jackpot, they can opt for an immediate cash payment of US$904 million or receive the US$1.6 billion prize over 29 years. Another ticket sold in the October 20 Powerball drawing matched four of the first five numbers and the Powerball to win $50,000. But by Tuesday night's drawing, officials estimate that 75 percent will be sold.

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Mega Millions is available in 44 states, Washington D.C., and the Virgin Islands. "I'd be more surprised if it doesn't get hit". The $1.58 billion Powerball jackpot in January 2016 remains the largest jackpot ever.

But you are more likely to get killed by a shark than win, with odds of a shark attack at one in 3.7 million, according to the Tucson, Arizona-based International Wildlife Museum. Powerball, also owned and operated by the Multi-State Lottery Association, reached $620 million with no victor Saturday.

The odds of winning Mega Millions are about one in 302 million.

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Subscription lottery purchases - where you can set how many games you play over a set time frame - work similarly to individual Mega Millions ticket sales, though there are minimum deposits and time commitments required with subscriptions.

All eyes were on the latest drawing Friday night, when the jackpot was at an already mind-boggling $1 billion.

I love my job, but if my numbers come up with week. It only missed the Mega Ball. The game also has changed over the years, so some numbers included weren't always in the mix. For the others, the state takes a bite, especially in NY, where a victor would need to pay a state tax of 8.8 percent. The No. 1 population state of California is second in Mega Millions winners with six, while IL is third with four winners. Payment speed also varies by state, but a week or two is common. Texas has the nation's second-largest population, yet players have only bought winning Mega Millions tickets in the state twice in the past five years. The U.S. population is about 326 million.

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