Mega Millions Jackpot Hits $1.6B, Thanks To Worsening Odds

Darnell Taylor
October 21, 2018

The winning numbers are 15, 23, 53, 65, 70.

It costs $2 to play the game, but the odds of winning the jackpot aren't good. One in 302.5 million. Most winners opt for cash, which for Friday night's drawing would be $565 million.

The jackpot grew more than $400 million since Tuesday night, when the payout would have been $667 million.

If you've won less than $600, you can turn in your winning ticket at a lottery retailer in exchange for cash, according to Mega Millions' website. But the ever-increasing jackpots have left them ever-more dependent on those massive payouts because prizes that once seemed so vast now seem nearly puny in comparison.

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Officials say that if there isn't a victor, the prize for Tuesday night's drawing would be $1.6 billion, tying the largest US lottery prize.

Russ Lopez, spokesman for the California Lottery, said tickets were going "very, very quickly" on Saturday. After federal taxes and state deductions, which vary across the country, winners will generally end up with around half that amount to pay for their yacht shopping. The annuity option guarantees more money, but it's paid over 29 years and also would result in a hefty tax bill.

Friday's prize is second only to a Powerball worth $1.5 billion that was won by 3 tickets on January 13, 2016.

"We tell them how to play it", she said.

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