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

With No Winner US Mega Millions Jackpot Rises To Record $1.6 Billion

With No Winner US Mega Millions Jackpot Rises To Record $1.6 Billion

But, although there were 15 second-tier winning tickets of at least $1 million across nine states, nobody won the jackpot - putting the prize for Tuesday's draw at a record $1.6 billion.

The previous largest single jackpot of $758.7 million was won last year by Mavis Wanczyk, a 53-year-old mother of two from MA.

The Mega Millions and Powerball jackpots are now at a combined $2.22 billion, as bettors with big dreams hope the total soars even higher before this week's drawings. But when they do, the amount is mind-blowing - as we can see in recent Mega Millions jackpots.

Tickets are $2 and players choose five numbers from 1 to 69 and one Powerball number from 1 to 26.

On Friday, no jackpot winners were selected in the Mega Millions drawing, which had a grand prize of over $900 milion.

The victor might opt for the cash prize of more than $270 million, from which the federal government will take 25% right away, and more later.

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It costs $2 to play the game.

Lottery officials said the move was a pure answer to its players' calls.

That pot has been growing since July when someone in California won the jackpot.

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

Mega Millions is played in 44 states Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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