Sales are brisk as Mega Millions jackpot hits $1.6 billion

Anna Jefferson
October 22, 2018

Powerball and Mega Millions are the two games with the largest payouts offered by the N.C. Education Lottery, and both are sold in many other states.

It's not too late to jump on the lottery train - there's more than $2 billion up for grabs this week.

One Powerball ticket sold in CT is now worth $1 million after Saturday's drawing.

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The Mega Millions' odds were lowered a year ago to 1-in-303 million from 1-in-259 million, to generate larger prizes.

The new jackpot set another record as the highest Mega Millions prize ever, and got even closer to the highest lottery prize ever, $1.6 billion.

Its jackpot rose on Friday to £360 million ($470m) from £329 million ($430m), with a lump sum value of £205 million ($268.6m). According to the N.C. Education Lottery, which offers Mega Millions tickets, a single victor in Friday's drawing would have received $565.6 million if they took the cash option. The winning numbers were: 16, 54, 57, 62, 69, and Powerball 23. Many hopefuls haven't played before.

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It costs $2 to play the game.

The previous largest single jackpot of $758.7 million was won last year by Mavis Wanczyk, a 53-year-old mother of two from MA.

That pot has been growing since July when someone in California won the jackpot. But because the player added the Power Play for an extra $1, the prize is $2 million.

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

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