Mega Millions jackpot swells to largest ever: $1.6 billion

The 24 semi-weekly Mega Millions drawings have failed to produce a top winner since July 24

On Tuesday, that would mean a total of almost $905 million - before taxes, according to the Mega Millions website.

A jackpot of roughly $500 million is usually nothing to, as the adults say, sneeze at.

One person who bought a Mega Millions ticket at a store in Oak Forest for Friday's jackpot is now $1 million richer.

Mega Millions tickets are sold in 44 states as well as Washington, D.C., and the Virgin Islands.

The numbers have been drawn for Saturday's estimated $470 million Powerball jackpot.

The odds of winning Mega Millions are 1 in 302.6 million, which are actually less than the odds of winning the Powerball, which is 1 in 292.2 million.

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.

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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 odds of winning the Mega Millions jackpot are 1 in 303 million, much less than the National Weather Service's 1 in more than 1 million estimate of being struck by lightning in a given year.

The winning numbers for Friday night's drawing of $1 billion were 15 23 53 65 70 and Mega Ball 7.

Tickets cost $2, which seems like a relatively small price to pay for a chance at becoming rich. The biggest Mega Millions jackpot won in 2018 was a $543 million jackpot.

Most winners will likely take the cash option whenever the 10-figure jackpot is handed out. But don't get your hopes up too much.

Lucas told lottery officials he hopes he wins again, according to the news release.

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