The Mega Millions jackpot just hit $1 billion - here's how to play

Devin Lawrence
October 22, 2018

In a typical week, the state sees an average of about $400,000 in ticket sales for Mega Millions, he said.

The game's jackpot has now rolled for a few months and a total of 25 times, according to a release from Mega Millions.

No one won Friday's drawing, pushing the jackpot from $1 billion to $1.6 billion.

"There's still Mega Millions", Lucas told lottery officials.

Here's what you should know before next week's Mega Millions drawing. The chances of winning the jackpot are one in 302 million.

The current jackpot been growing since July, when some California office workers won $543 million.

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If you bought a Mega Millions ticket in Chicago or Oak Forest, you may want to check it right away.

The winning numbers are 15, 23, 53, 65 and 70, and the mega ball is 7. In doing so, Powerball changed the odds of winning the jackpot from one in 175 million to one in 292.2 million.

If there is a winning ticket, the holder or holders can opt for 30 annual payments or a lump sum cash prize.

Tickets cost $2, which seems like a relatively small price to pay for a chance at becoming rich.

You're not imagining things: It has always been extremely unlikely to win a Mega Millions jackpot, but it is even more improbable than ever to win the top prize these days. 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. Sometimes it takes much longer to get an answer than a couple hours after the drawing, however.

The odds are pretty good that a victor - or winners - will get good news on Tuesday night.

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