Chicagoans brace themselves for billion-dollar Mega Millions lottery draw

21 Octobre, 2018, 01:43 | Auteur: Auguste Feret
  • Mega Millions jackpot reaches $1B as drawing nears	 	 	 			Scott Olson  Getty Images

The numbers were 15, 23, 53, 65, 70 and Mega Ball 7.

The jackpot was the biggest in Mega Millions history and the second-largest in lottery history, behind only the $1.586 billion Powerball jackpot in January 2016, according to Maryland Lottery and Gaming. Five of the top ten Mega Millions drawing have taken place in the last three years.

Should Tuesday produce a victor, it will be the largest prize in USA history - and the sum is likely to grow even larger before the draw as excitement around the record-breaking cash prize tempts more people to play.

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

States have generally reported increased Mega Millions and Powerball sales since the change.

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Although the jackpot keeps increasing, the odds of winning remain stuck at a miserable one in 302.5 million. That jackpot is nearly $500 million.

That's an incredible amount of money, but compared to the Mega Millions prize hovering around $1.6 billion, it barely seems worth the bother of buying a ticket.

Russ Lopez, spokesman for the California Lottery, said tickets were going "very, very quickly" on Saturday.

Don't count on making a deposit for anywhere close to $1.6 billion if you win the Tuesday night drawing. The federal government takes 25% before the check is handed to the victor, and collects remaining taxes when due.

As more tickets sell, chances grow that at least one buyer will pick all six winning numbers.

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