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

22 October, 2018, 05:24 | Author: Teresa Adams
  • Friday's Mega Millions jackpot soars to $1 billion

The Mega Millions lottery in the USA has reached an epic $1.6 billion after no one won the 41 billion prize on Friday night.

It's not too late to jump on the lottery train - there's more than $2 billion up for grabs this week. It is bound to become the largest prize in US history.

The Powerball jackpot will top $620 million this week because no one won Saturday's drawing, but that may seem relatively small compared to the $1.6 billion Mega Millions drawing expected on Tuesday.

On Tuesday, that would mean a total of almost $905 million - before taxes, according to the Mega Millions website. The victor can also opt for a cash prize of more than $354 million, from which the federal government will take 25% right away, and more later.

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Tickets are $2 and players choose five numbers from 1 to 69 and one Powerball number from 1 to 26. Many hopefuls haven't played before.

It costs $US2 to play the game.

Last year, lottery officials raised the price of Mega Millions tickets from one to two dollars and that has in turn meant larger prizes.

The Mega Millions jackpot is now tied with the record-setting lottery jackpot and bound to grow before the drawing Tuesday.

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The current jackpot been growing since July, when some California office workers won $543 million.

Tickets for both Mega Millions and Powerball are sold in Kansas everywhere Kansas Lottery tickets are sold.

Lines were forming Friday morning at gas stations and 7-11s across the 44 states, the federal capital Washington and the U.S. Virgin Islands where the lottery is held, with the draw to take place at 11:00 p.m. local time (0300 GMT).

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