Winning Numbers In for Mega Millions $1 Billion Jackpot

Mae Love
October 21, 2018

The winning numbers for the $1 billion Mega Millions jackpot, the second largest in USA history, were announced at 8 p.m. Mega Millions says it may take an hour or two to determine if there is a victor.

The odds of winning the massive jackpot, played in 44 states and the District of Columbia, stand at a mere one in 302.5 million, according to the Associated Press.

Lottery officials increased the grand prize just hours ahead of the Friday night drawing.

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The buyer purchased the Megaplier feature, which boosted the value of the ticket from the usual $1 million to $5 million. The second-largest jackpot was a $1.586 billion Powerball drawing on January 13, 2016.

Russ Lopez, spokesman for the California Lottery, said tickets were going "very, very quickly" on Saturday. Almost all winners take the cash option, which was about $904 million as of Saturday morning. California is one of 10 states to exempt state income tax on lottery winnings. The Powerball record jackpot was $1.586 billion, split between three winning tickets. The probabilities are overwhelmingly not in your favor.

Most people don't expect to win and instead think the $2 ticket is a small price to dream and be part of a wishful conversation with co-workers or family. "I also think that it creates a potential sense of regret to not be the one playing", she said.

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