Winning numbers announced for $1.6 billion Mega Millions jackpot

12,000 tickets sold per minute as Mega Millions’ jackpot hits $1.6 billion

(Cheer up, though, it was 25% previous year!) Assuming the Mega Millions jackpot doesn't go up and you take the $904 million lump sum payment, that works out to just about $217 million automatically deducted.

That number is "uncharted territory" for Mega Millions, lottery officials said. Three of the five largest jackpots in USA history were split between multiple people, with the largest single prize going to a MA resident in 2017 who won a $758.7 million Powerball prize.

Jennifer Volpert is among those going with the pool idea, but noted she and her co-workers in the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration would be prepared if they won the record jackpot.

Rhodes says what many people stopping for a ticket are thinking: The prize in tonight's Mega Millions drawing is now the nation's highest lottery prize on record.

It costs $2 to play the game, but the odds of matching all six numbers and taking home the grand prize is a dismal 1 in 302.5 million.

As you might imagine, Mega Millions tickets are selling like insane where people can get them - in 44 states and the District of Columbia, plus the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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But remember, you can't win if you don't play.

"Winning ticket in my hand and I can not wait to win to help people in this community, as well as my family, and probably start some community services for people here", said one local ticket buyer. CBS13 also learned that the chances of winning or losing do not depend on when you bought the ticket.

The odds of winning don't change as jackpots get larger, but the chance that more than one victor will share the prize do. The largest single prize went to a 2017 player from MA who celebrated a $758.7 million Powerball payday. This jackpot dwarfs the previous Mega Millions top prize when back in 2012 it crested at $656 million.

The average American spends about $223 per year on lottery tickets, according to a survey from LENDedu. Experts say sharing lottery dreams and cash with coworkers increases your chances of winning, but they also warn it could be risky. "They're trying to hit it big".

Drawings are held every Tuesday and Friday, with the next drawing scheduled for Friday, Oct. 26.

The annual El Gordo national lottery in Spain advertises a larger total prize pool, but the money is divvied up into many prizes, according to Seth Elkin, a spokesman for the Maryland lottery, which now takes questions about the Mega Millions drawing.

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