Who wants to be a billionaire? Americans cross fingers for record lottery

Mae Love
October 21, 2018

Mega Millions officials say no tickets matched all six numbers to claim the estimated $1 billion grand prize in Friday night's drawing.

A Spanish lottery called El Gordo typically generates a larger purse than Mega Millions or Powerball, but that money is split between many different winners and no single prize in El Gordo approaches the size of the latest Mega Millions jackpot, Elkin said.

The victor might opt for the cash prize of more than $270 million, from which the federal government will take 25% right away, and more later.

On Tuesday, that would mean a total of almost $905 million - before taxes, according to the Mega Millions website.

But if you are itching to play, you could win even more on Tuesday.

As for the main jackpot, it is now up to $1.6 billion.

The Mega Millions lottery may see a streak of jackpot rollovers end as it heads toward a record $1.6 billion drawing on Tuesday.

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Based on sales projections, 75 per cent of the 302 million possible combinations will be chosen for the draw, up from 59.1 per cent in Friday's, Carole Gentry, spokeswoman for Maryland Lottery and Gaming, said.

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.

The Mega Millions jackpot has been growing since July, when a group of 11 California office workers won $543 million.

In Florida and Tennessee, two people won $2 million, while seven others took home $1 million in seven other states including Indiana.

Each Powerball or Mega Millions ticket is $2.

Mega Millions is played in 44 states Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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