A jackpot of roughly $500 million is usually nothing to, as the adults say, sneeze at.
The prize sits at more than $1 billion. Matching all six numbers leads to winning the $1 billion jackpot, and matching some combinations of the numbers pays out smaller prizes.
Mega Millions is played in Texas, 43 other states plus Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The next Powerball drawing will be Saturday. By 3 p.m. Friday, the state had seen more than $3 million in ticket sales for Mega Millions this week.
The current Mega Millions jackpot has been growing since July, when a group of California office workers won $543m. Mega Millions made similar moves in October 2017, resulting in the odds worsening from one in 259 million to one in 302.5 million.
The jackpot now is the largest in USA history, surpassing an earlier Powerball jackpot.
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The Mega Millions cash option gives the victor an estimated $905 million. At least 15 winning tickets were sold on Friday, though where and to whom has not been announced yet.
Tickets cost $2 each, and players choose five numbers between one and 70 and an extra number between one and 25.
Because no Mega Millions winners emerged, the next scheduled drawing on Tuesday was projected to be worth a record $1.6 billion. "I wish I would've got in line".
U.S. lottery winnings are taxable at the federal level, unlike in many other countries, while some states also impose local taxes.
If you played and didn't win this week, you can always go for the upcoming record-setting jackpot.