Winning Numbers in 1.6 Billion Dollar Mega Millions Jackpot Announced

Anna Jefferson
October 24, 2018

The current U.S. lottery jackpot record is $1.586 billion, split by three winning Powerball tickets in January 2016. Eastern Time tonight and, according to the lottery's website, the jackpot is estimated to be $1.6 billion.

Don't count on making a deposit for anywhere close to $1.6 billion if you win the Tuesday night drawing.

It costs $2 to play the game, but the odds of matching all six numbers and taking home the grand prize is a dismal 1 in 302.5 million.

Last week, Jared Lucas of Grifton in Lenoir County won $1 million after he and his wife chose to buy Mega Millions tickets at a Handy Mart convenience store in Winterville in the eastern part of the state.

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Lucas also bought a $20 100X The Cash scratch-off ticket, on which he won the $1 million.

If one person did win the $1.6 billion prize, they won't be walking away an instant billionaire, as the massive sum is what the victor would bring home if they chose an annuity doled out over 29 years - and that's before taxes. Last year, they spent $72.97 billion on traditional lottery tickets, according to Gallup. Here are some answers for someone holding that prized lottery ticket for what would be the largest lottery jackpot in US history. That boosted the odds from about one-in-259 million to one-in-303 million.

Some people feel guilty for spending money on lottery tickets, but Newswatch 16 spoke with a professional who says buying a few here and there is perfectly fine. That includes details about how any prize would be divvied up, members of the group, and what should happen if a regular player is away and didn't chip in for a specific drawing. Those will vary depending on where you live. Only three other times, this year has the Mega Millions jackpot be awarded.

"Take a chance and get the big one", Kessler said.

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"When they first opened I bought a scratch off here and it was $10,000", Beyeler said.

The winning lottery numbers will be drawn at 9 p.m.

Drawings are held every Tuesday and Friday, with the next drawing scheduled for Friday, Oct. 26.

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