Mega Millions lottery jackpot reaches record-breaking $1.6 billion prize

Fredrick Soto
October 22, 2018

On Saturday a ticket purchased in Knoxville won $2 million dollars by matching all five white numbers drawn just one number shy of the jackpot.

Tickets are $2 and players choose five numbers from 1 to 69 and one Powerball number from 1 to 26.

The Mega Millions lottery in the United States has reached an epic $1.6 billion after no one won the 41 billion prize on Friday night.

Based on sales projections, 75 percent of the 302 million possible combinations will be chosen for Tuesday's drawing, up from 59.1 percent in Friday's, said Carole Gentry, spokeswoman for Maryland Lottery and Gaming.

The prize for Friday's Mega Millions contest in the United States has soared to $1 billion, representing the largest jackpot in global lottery history if claimed by a single victor.

The estimated jackpot for that drawing would tie the largest lottery prize in USA history. United Kingdom players can win a separate prize by betting on the numbers.

Powerball has climbed since there was a victor in NY on August 11.

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

As for the main jackpot, it is now up to $1.6 billion.

The numbers have been drawn for Saturday's estimated $470 million Powerball jackpot. The games are played in 44 states, Washington D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

For an extra $1 you can get a "Power Play" ticket in which you can increase the amount of the smaller prizes, but not the grand prize.

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