Mega Millions & Powerball Hit Combined $2 Billion Jackpot

Alicia Cross
October 22, 2018

The $1.6 billion estimated jackpot would be the largest prize in USA history.

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 $US1 billion ($1.4 billion).

The $2 million victor has not yet claimed their prize. This is the largest jackpot in USA history, and will have a $905 million cash option.

Big money is on the line as the Powerball and Mega Million jackpots continue to grow without a lucky victor in sight.

Lottery officials say there were no jackpot winners in Saturday's drawing.

But if you are itching to play, you could win even more on Tuesday. Fifteen tickets matched five numbers for second-tier prizes of at least $1 million.

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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). The last time anyone won the Powerball was on August 11th in NY for $245 million.

It costs $2 to play the game, but the odds of winning the grand prize is one in 302.5 million.

Tickets for Mega Millions are $2, and the deadline is 10:50 p.m. ET in most states.

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

In 2016, a $1.6 billion Powerball prize was split three ways by ticket holders from California, Florida and Tennessee.

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