No Mega Millions victor, jackpot climbs to $1.6 billion

Marco Green
October 21, 2018

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

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.

While they didn't win the grand prize, they were fortunate enough to walk home with $1 million.

The Mega Millions is coordinated by the Multi-State Lottery Association, along with several other lottery games including one called Powerball.

The numbers drawn Saturday were 62-16-54-57-69 and the Powerball was 23.

No winners were immediately announced.

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).

The Mega Millions' odds were lowered a year ago to 1-in-303 million from 1-in-259 million, to generate larger prizes. The odds of winning the jackpot are about one in 302 million but, with so many tickets being purchased, the likelihood of rollover becomes increasingly slim.

That means that Tuesday's Mega Millions and Wednesday's Powerball jackpots combined are roughly $2.22 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.

That is partly by design.

The game, which was created in 2002, has seen changes over the years that have reduced the chances of winning, meaning bigger and bigger jackpots.

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

If more than one victor is picked, the jackpot would be divided proportionately, as happened when the previous Mega Millions record of $656 million was drawn in March 2012 and was shared by winners in Kansas, Illinois and Maryland, a lottery official said.

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