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No Mega Millions victor, jackpot climbs to record $1.6 billion

21 October 2018

The Mega Millions jackpot is almost $1 billion for Friday night's drawing.

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.

No winning tickets were sold for Friday night's massive Mega Millions jackpot, which means the prize has grown to the largest pay-out in US lottery history.

A $1.6 billion prize awaits the person whose ticket matches the six numbers in this Tuesday's Mega Millions drawing.

The Mega Millions jackpot has been growing since the last winners - a small office pool in California - were awarded $543 million. The odds of winning the jackpot aren't good.

Tickets cost $2 unless you opt for the "Megaplier", which raises the price to $3.

The Associated Press reports that the jackpot has increased to $1.6 billion after no winning ticket was sold.

This upcoming jackpot just barely surpasses the previous record of $1.5686 billion, which was the grand prize for a Powerball drawing back in 2016.

Jared Lucas told NC lottery officials that he and his wife chose to stop at a convenience store after passing a lottery billboard with the latest Megan Millions jackpot. According to a report by CNN, if a victor is chosen and they take the one-time lump sum pay-out option, they will receive about $905 million all at once.

Mega Millions is played in 44 states Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Some were worth up to $1 million.

The next drawing is at 11 p.m.

Two people in IL purchased winning second-tier tickets in likely attempts to win the then-$1 billion jackpot. You want your name on that ticket.

No Mega Millions victor, jackpot climbs to record $1.6 billion