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Mega Millions jackpot soars to $1.6 billion after no winners

22 October, 2018, 13:21 | Author: Kristi Dunn
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Tonight's drawing is at 11 p.m.

McGaha said he plays the lottery at least once a week and played earlier in the week when the jackpot had soared to almost $670 million. But "the $3 ticket holder is only eligible to win the jackpot prize, not the secondary prizes that range from $1 up to $1 million or more", CNN Money reported. McIntyre welcomes the attention, but the jackpot soaring to $1 billion has proven problematic in one sense: at least two billboards that advertise the jackpot ran out of digits.

States have generally reported increased Mega Millions and Powerball sales since the change. The next Powerball drawing will be Saturday.

One approach to guaranteeing a lottery win is to buy enough tickets to enter every single possible combination of numbers.

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The lottery, to be drawn next Tuesday, climbed to the record high after no winning tickets were sold during Friday night's draw. The victor can also opt for a cash prize of more than $354 million, from which the federal government will take 25% right away, and more later. The jackpot could rise even more by then, depending on how many tickets sell over the next few days, Medenica said.

There hasn't been a Powerball victor since August 11, causing the jackpot to rise to $470 million.

The odds of matching five numbers and the Mega number are 1 in 302,575,350, according to the Associated Press.

Friday morning, the jackpot rose to $1 billion, with an estimated cash payout of more than $565 million. Sometimes it takes much longer to get an answer than a couple hours after the drawing, however. There's another chance to become America's newest billionaire.



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