Published: Sun, October 21, 2018
Finance | By Loren Pratt

Sales are brisk as Mega Millions jackpot hits $1.6 billion

Sales are brisk as Mega Millions jackpot hits $1.6 billion

On Friday, that would be a total of $565 million before taxes, according to the Mega Millions website.

While nobody won Saturday night's jackpot, there are a few lucky winners who matched all numbers except the Powerball.

The numbers drawn Saturday were 62-16-54-57-69 while the Powerball was 23. The lump sum cash payout is estimated at $354.3 million and the next drawing for the Powerball is set for Wednesday.

The Mega Millions lottery in the United States may see a streak of jackpot rollovers end as it heads towards a record $US1.6 billion ($2.2 billion).

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

Based on sales projections, 75 per cent of the 302 million possible combinations will be chosen for the draw, up from 59.1 per cent in Friday's, Carole Gentry, spokeswoman for Maryland Lottery and Gaming, said.

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

The two jackpots now have a combined value of over $2.2 billion.

No one has won the Mega Millions jackpot since July 24, when a group of 11 workers in California split $543 million.

That is partly by design.

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

Mega Millions tickets are sold in 44 USA states, the District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands.

Mega Millions officials changed a few things in October past year and made jackpot payouts less frequent.

"We tell them how to play it", she said.

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