Monday, 17 December, 2018

Mega Millions jackpot jumps to a whopping $868M

A lottery ticket for the current record breaking $667 million U.S. Mega Millions jackpot is shown in this illustration Mega Millions Ticket Sold In San Francisco Matches 5 Of 6 Numbers
Laurie Berry | 17 October, 2018, 10:12

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The Mega Millions jackpot soared to a massive $868 million Tuesday night - the second largest in USA lottery history - after no winners were reported in the evening's drawing, according to the lottery's website. No ticket was sold that matched all six winning numbers, meaning the jackpot now climbs to $868 million. The estimated jackpot for that drawing would be the second-largest lottery prize in US history. There was no word as to how much that ticket would be worth from lottery officials.

Mega Millions says the previous record jackpot was a $656 million prize that was shared by winners from Kansas, Illinois and Maryland in March 2012. The cash option is usually favored by almost all winners.

If you purchased a ticket your odds of winning the jackpot are approximately one in 302 million.

Roland Reyes claimed the prize on behalf of his group, saying they made a decision to play on a whim when they saw how large the jackpot had become.

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No geographic clustering has been found and there is no other "unifying factor to explain the peaks", she added. Lacking an established cause, health officials confirm cases through a review of brain scans and symptoms .

The Tuesday drawing had grown to the largest in the game's history, a whopping $667 million.

The prize pool could rise even more next drawing on Friday.

You can play Mega Millions in 46 localities: 44 states plus the Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The average American spends about $223 per year on lottery tickets, according to a survey from LENDedu.

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