Mega Millions drawing on Friday, Oct. 19, 2018

Marco Green
October 21, 2018

The numbers drawn are 65-53-23-15-70 and the Mega Ball was 7.

The jackpot is the second-largest lottery prize in US lottery history.

It costs $2 to play the game.

Should Tuesday produce a victor, it will be the largest prize in U.S. 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. You'd be more likely to be struck by lightning or attacked by a shark.

Don't feel too bad if you didn't score the grand prize last night. Your chances of winning were more than 1 in 302 million.

States have generally reported increased Mega Millions and Powerball sales since the change. But the ever-increasing jackpots have left them ever-more dependent on those massive payouts because prizes that once seemed so vast now seem nearly puny in comparison.

The buyer purchased the Megaplier feature, which boosted the value of the ticket from the usual $1 million to $5 million.

Lottery fever gripped people Friday as the $1 billion drawing drew near. In California, for example, the lottery Thursday sold $5.7 million in Mega Millions tickets during the first half of the day. The federal government takes 25% before the check is handed to the victor, and collects remaining taxes when due. The annuity option guarantees more money, but it's paid over 29 years and also would result in a hefty tax bill. The Powerball record jackpot was $1.586 billion, split between three winning tickets.

"We tell them how to play it", she said.

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