United States lottery jackpot breaks record at 1.6bn dollars

Mega Millions

Mega Millions

The next Mega Millions draw will be on Tuesday, after no one hit all of the numbers of 15, 23, 53, 65, 70 and the Mega Ball 7 during Friday night's draw.

Jay Finks, spokesman for the Oklahoma Lottery Commission, said lottery ticket sales are reaching a "fever pitch" across the state because of the historic Mega Millions jackpot combined with a sizeable Powerball jackpot.

What are the odds of winning the Mega Millions jackpot? Now, it was recently announced that there was no victor for the prize, and that the jackpot amount will be going up to $1.6 billion.

The odds of winning the Mega Millions jackpot are 1 in 303 million, much less than the National Weather Service's 1 in more than 1 million estimate of being struck by lightning in a given year. Tickets will be sold for $2 each until 10:45 p.m. Tuesday.

Material from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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Most people don't expect to win and instead think the $2 ticket is a small price to dream and be part of a wishful conversation with co-workers or family.

USA lottery winnings are taxable at the federal level, unlike in many other countries, while some states also impose local taxes. Those "second-tier" winning tickets are worth at least $1 million. That jackpot was won in January 2016.

Last October, Mega Millions introduced a $3 ticket option, which gives players two chances at the jackpot.

Lottery fever has gripped the U.S. as the jackpot has snowballed since it was last won in July, when an 11-member pool of Californian officer workers won $543m (£415.4m at today's rates).

When is the next Mega Millions drawing? The biggest single payout came in August 2017, when a MA woman claimed a single lump sum worth $480.5 million.

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