$1.6 billion Mega Millions jackpot drawing on Tuesday

$1.6 billion Mega Millions jackpot drawing on Tuesday

The theory was that bigger jackpots would draw more attention, leading more players to plop down $2 for a Mega Millions or Powerball ticket.

For those with an global bent, the current Mega Millions jackpot has surpassed all lottery jackpot records - so it's not only the largest lottery prize in US history, it's now the world's largest.

Today's drawing is the largest lottery jackpot ever, the Mega Millions website reports.

The numbers were 5-28-62-65-70 with a Mega Ball of 5 and a 3x Megaplier, with a chance at the at a jackpot which surpassed the largest USA payout, previously set at $1.59 billion in a Powerball jackpot in January 2016.

A North Carolina mom who bought Mega Millions tickets won $1 million after deciding to also buy a ticket in a new scratch-off game, NC lottery officials said in a news release Tuesday.

For Mega Millions, players choose six numbers: five from a range of white balls, numbered 1 to 70, and one number for the Mega Ball, with a range of 1 to 25.


Tuesday was no different, many waited in line to purchase one or many. Tonight's Mega Millions drawing will be at 11 p.m. Here are some answers for someone holding that prized lottery ticket for what would be the largest lottery jackpot in US history. The number two lottery jackpot in USA and world history was a $1.586 billion Powerball jackpot. Mathematically, you're not being rational if you think you have a chance of winning the jackpot, whether it's with one ticket or 100 tickets.

As of early Wednesday morning, no winning tickets had been sold in California. The odds of winning the top prize were 1 in 258,890,850.

States have generally reported increased Mega Millions and Powerball sales since the change.

On average, that's $206.69 per person. But she says that its likely that whoever wins will have to share the pot.

Back on the east coast on Friday, about 9,100 tickets were purchased a minute in Maryland in a two hour window ahead of the drawing, state lottery officials said.

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