Tuesday, 20 November, 2018

US Mega Millions jackpot hits $1.6bn

Signs display the jackpots for Mega Millions and Powerball lottery drawings at a newsstands in midtown Manhattan in New York U.S Friday's Mega Millions jackpot soars to $1 billion
Scott Davis | 22 October, 2018, 05:23

Since nobody won Friday's Mega Millions drawing for a $1 billion jackpot, the estimated prize Tuesday night will be a record $1.6 billion.

The Powerball jackpot now stands at $620 million after no one matched all six numbers in Saturday night's $470 million drawing. The winning numbers were: 16, 54, 57, 62, 69, and Powerball 23.

Tuesday's Mega Millions and Wednesday's Powerball jackpots combined are roughly $2.22 billion.

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

That's right. Mega Millions "entered historic territory" Saturday after officials confirmed there were no winners for Friday's drawing.

It costs $2 to play the game.




On Tuesday, that would mean a total of almost $905 million - before taxes, according to the Mega Millions website. But because the player added the Power Play for an extra $1, the prize is $2 million.

No information about the Knoxville victor is available until the prize is claimed.

From July 27 through October 16, Mega Millions sales in North Carolina raised an estimated $10.6 million for education, the lottery site said.

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

The nation's largest lottery jackpots have now rolled for a few months.

The Mega Millions jackpot has been growing since July, when a group of 11 California office workers won $US543 million ($763 million).

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