No Mega Millions victor, jackpot climbs to $1.6 billion

Darnell Taylor
October 21, 2018

The estimated jackpot for that drawing would tie the largest lottery prize in USA history. That would stop the streak of 25 rollovers, most recently on Friday night.

As more tickets sell before the draw on Tuesday, chances grow that at least one buyer will pick all six winning numbers.

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. "But it's hard to fathom", Ms Gentry said.

The winning numbers were: 16, 54, 57, 62, 69, and Powerball 23.

But with Mega Millions at a United States record $1.6 billion, you could say Powerball's potential payout after Saturday's drawing is just a measly $476 million.

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But if you are itching to play, you could win even more on Tuesday. The odds of winning the jackpot are about one in 302 million but, with so many tickets being purchased, the likelihood of rollover becomes increasingly slim.

The second-largest jackpot was a $1.586 billion Powerball drawing on January 13, 2016.

This week's billion-dollar haul includes the largest prize in U.S. lottery history. The games are played in 44 states, Washington D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The 24 semi-weekly Mega Millions drawings have failed to produce a top victor since July 24, when an 11-member office pool in Santa Clara County, California, shared a $543 million jackpot.

The odds of winning the Mega Millions jackpot are one in 302,575,350, but the odds of winning any of the lesser prizes are one in 24.

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