Sunday, 18 November, 2018

Winning numbers for $1 billion Mega Millions jackpot drawn

Mega Millions lottery tickets rest on a counter at a Pilot travel center near Burlington N.C. A lucky player could soon overcome remarkably bad odds to win the ninth-largest lottery jackpot in U.S. history. Number No-one has won the Mega Millions since July
Lloyd Bates | 22 October, 2018, 13:24

Mega Millions officials say they have sold more than 34.4 million winning tickets for the game's secondary prizes since July.

The next drawing is at 9 p.m. Mountain time Tuesday.

Mega Millions is available in 44 states, including Florida, and in the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

That just beat the current record $1.586 billion Powerball jackpot that had three winning tickets in January 2016. Given that the odds are so heavily against you, it's likely not a good investment to buy a ticket.

The chance of winning going into Tuesday now stands at one in over 302 million.

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Friday's drawing will be the second-largest in American history.

USA lottery winnings are taxable at the federal level, unlike in many other countries, while some states also impose local taxes.

If there is a victor on Tuesday they will be able to opt for an immediate cash payment of $904m (£692m), or receive the $1.6bn over 29 years.

Illinois Lottery officials are urging the winners to sign the back of their ticket and keep it in a safe place until they can visit one of their five prize centers in the state.

The 24 semi-weekly Mega Millions draws have failed to produce a top victor since July 24, when an 11-member office pool in Santa Clara County, California, hit a $543 million jackpot. If a victor is chosen, the federal government will automatically collect a 25 percent tax on the prize when it is issued. The probabilities are overwhelmingly not in your favor. The jackpot has been growing since then. "I also think that it creates a potential sense of regret to not be the one playing", she said.

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