Published: Mon, October 22, 2018
Money | By Hannah Jacobs

Mega Millions lottery jackpot reaches record-breaking $1.6 billion prize

Mega Millions lottery jackpot reaches record-breaking $1.6 billion prize

About 280 million tickets sold in Friday's drawing, none matching the winning mix of 7, 15, 23, 53, 65 and 70 to claim an estimated prize of $1 billion.

Big money is on the line as the Powerball and Mega Million jackpots continue to grow without a lucky victor in sight.

The next Powerball drawing is on Wednesday.

The Mega Millions' odds were lowered a year ago to 1-in-303 million from 1-in-259 million, to generate larger prizes.

The jackpot has been rolling every drawing since July 27, when it started at $40 million.

There was no victor in Saturday night's Powerball $430 million drawing, just as there was no victor in Friday night's Mega Millions drawing.

It costs $US2 to play the game.

No information about the Knoxville victor is available until the prize is claimed.

"It's hard to overstate how exciting this is - but now it's really getting fun", said Gordon Medenica, lead director of the Mega Millions Group and director of Maryland Lottery and Gaming.

Both lottery jackpots will approach new heights this week. That jackpot was won in January 2016.

The next Mega Millions drawing is at 11 p.m. EST Tuesday. United Kingdom players can win a separate prize by betting on the numbers.

The lucky player matched all five white numbers drawn but was just one number shy of the jackpot. There were $2 million winners in Florida and Tennessee, and $1 million winners in Arizona, Connecticut, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey and Washington.

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