Friday's Mega Millions jackpot soars to $1 billion

Anna Jefferson
October 22, 2018

If the victor picks the one-time-cash option, they will receive just over $900 million. One person in Texas could have the winning ticket for the $2 million Megaplier prize, according to a Mega Millions press release. The estimated jackpot for Friday's drawing has soared to $1 billion. MA residents have the biggest taste for playing the odds, spending nearly $763 per year on lottery tickets, the study found. That would stop the streak of 25 rollovers, most recently on Friday night.

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

"It's possible that nobody wins again but it's hard to fathom", Gentry said.

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The prize hit $1.6 billion after no one won the jackpot in a drawing on Friday night.

All we know so far is that there was one ticket in northern California that matched five out of six numbers, according to the California Lottery and ABC7.

This week's billion-dollar haul includes the largest prize in USA lottery history.

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Powerball, which holds the record for the largest U.S. lottery prize of $1.586bn (£1.213bn) in 2016, will hold a separate draw on Saturday.

"Folks already envisioning the win - which is fun to think about, but we hope they play responsibly", he says. "We're doing a lot of explaining". The game is played in 44 states.

A gas station in Chicago and a liquor store in Oak Forest each sold a winning $1 million ticket in the Friday, October 19, drawing. But don't get your hopes up too much.

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Mega Millions is played in 44 U.S. states as well as Washington DC and the Virgin Islands.

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