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22 October, 2018, 02:39 | Author: Melinda Barton
  • Friday's Mega Millions jackpot soars to $1 billion

But, although there were 15 second-tier winning tickets of at least $1 million across nine states, nobody won the jackpot - putting the prize for Tuesday's draw at a record $1.6 billion.

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

The next Mega Millions draw will be held on Tuesday.

"It's hard to overstate how exciting this is - but now it's really getting fun", said Gordon Medenica, lead director of the Mega Millions Group and director of Maryland Lottery and Gaming.

The lump sum payout is an estimated $269.6 million for the Powerball.

One lucky Bronx resident is all smiles today because they are one of the lucky winners of the Mega Million lottery jackpot.

Just like in Friday's Mega Millions drawing, there was no jackpot victor in Saturday night's Powerball drawing.


There were a few runner-up prizes handed out, including some $1 million winners in New Jersey and CT.

The jackpots for both Mega Millions and Powerball have both risen.

Last year, lottery officials raised the price of Mega Millions tickets from one to two dollars and that has in turn meant larger prizes.

That is partly by design.

If you've got a lotto itch, Mega Millions and Powerball tickets are now $2 each and can be purhcased in 44 states, Washington D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands. There were $2 million winners in Florida and Tennessee, and $1 million winners in Arizona, Connecticut, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey and Washington. Several states allow online ticket purchases, but they prohibit out-of-state and foreign purchases, Elkin said.

If more than one victor is picked, the jackpot would be divided proportionately, as happened when the previous Mega Millions record of £502 million ($656m) was drawn in March 2012 and was shared by winners in Kansas, Illinois and Maryland, a lottery official said.

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