Sales are brisk as Mega Millions jackpot hits $1.6 billion

Dwayne Harmon
October 22, 2018

That makes it the second-largest drawing in Mega Millions history. But the ever-increasing jackpots have left them ever-more dependent on those massive payouts because prizes that once seemed so huge now seem nearly puny in comparison. The Powerball jackpot also rose this week after no winners emerged Wednesday, bringing that grand prize to $470 million.

So, in one single weekend, more than $1 billion will shoot out across America to its very luckiest citizens.

Mega Millions tickets are available for purchase in 44 states, Washington D.C. The Powerball drawing on Saturday, Oct. 20, will pay out an estimated $430 million.

The record jackpot level for the statewide USA lottery follows a move by the game's organisers a year ago to lower the odds of winning, to one-in-303 million from one-in-259 million, in an effort to generate larger prizes.

The current Mega Millions jackpot has been growing since July, when a group of California office workers won $543m. In October 2017, Mega Millions lottery officials made adjustments to the potential number combinations to decrease the chances of winning its biggest prize.

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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 $1.6 billion estimated jackpot would be the largest prize in US history.

The Mega Millions jackpot has shot up again to $1.6 billion after there were no winners in Friday's drawing. At least 15 winning tickets were sold on Friday, though where and to whom has not been announced yet. Because proceeds from the state lottery go toward education, those increased sales mean more revenue for Oklahoma schools, Finks said.

Each Powerball ticket is $2. There have been 25 consecutive drawings without a victor, Mega Millions said. But don't get your hopes up too much.

But if you are itching to play, you could win even more on Tuesday.

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