MEGA MILLIONS FEVER: Players buy tickets before Tuesday night's $1.6 billion drawing

Dwayne Harmon
October 24, 2018

If no one ends up reporting that they've got winning tickets for the jackpot, it could then rise to $2 billion.

Clerks at gas stations say extra help is brought in when jackpots get this astronomical and that rush hour is when lines are the longest.

There's still a 1 in 302.6 million chance of hitting the jackpot. Each ticket can hold up to 10 sets of numbers and his stack was over and inch thick. "They didn't believe me until they saw the ticket".

The $1.6 billion would yield a $913 million cash prize before taxes if the victor selects a one-time lump sum over annual payouts over 30 years. Although the chances of winning are slim, you know what they say: You can't win if you don't play.

The $1.6 billion jackpot is the largest Mega Millions jackpot ever and largest ever jackpot in US and world history.

Deborah Prescott | Daily Press Shannon Thompson, manager of the Holiday gas station in Escanaba, sells a Mega Millions lottery ticket to Jon Thompson Monday.

Below are the winning Mega Millions numbers for Tuesday, October 23.

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That number is "uncharted territory" for Mega Millions, lottery officials said. Almost all winners take the cash option, which was about $904n as of Monday morning. The jackpot from Tuesday drawing has swelled to $1.6 billion.

But Brock said she doesn't plan on buying a ticket. The business has seen an increase in Mega Millions ticket sales over the weekend.

He was buying a ticket with Eliseo Garcia of DePue after they had just cast their early votes at Spring Valley City Hall. "I'm gonna buy a home for my children", another said.

Here in CNY, many people are saying they'll be on the charitable side if they win. On Friday, he said about 3,300 tickets were sold, and the line wrapped through the aisles of the store.

"Still broke", one person wrote succinctly.

"Everybody is trying to make", Henderson said. He says many say go on vacation, give to family or charity.

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