Mega Millions jackpot hits $868 million, second-largest in United States history

18 October, 2018, 06:26 | Author: Sally Reid
  • A worker processes lottery tickets

The jackpot has been growing since July 24 when a group of 11 office workers in San Jose, CA, beat the odds and won $543 million. The winning numbers on Tuesday were 69, 45, 61, 3, 49, and the Mega Ball was 9.

Your chances of winning are slim to none, but it might be worth investing a few dollars in the Mega Millions contest in the United States before Friday's drawing. The cash option is usually favored by the winners. If someone wins the jackpot, it would mark the second-largest lottery grand prize in USA history.

"It's been a long time since anyones hit the Mega or the Powerball so tonight will be Powerball and then Friday will be Mega and it gets everybody excited, it's been quite awhile since anybody hit it", Pitcock said. The next drawing will be Fri., Oct.19, 2018.

Lottery tickets are sold at US$2 each in kiosks, supermarkets and gas stations in 44 U.S. states, the District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands.

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Still, even the combined total wouldn't break the record USA lottery prize.

But unfortunately, there was no winning ticket for the $656 million jackpot.

Mega Millions isn't the only large lottery prize up for grabs this week; the Powerball jackpot grew to a cool $345 million, meaning the two prizes together total more than $1 billion.

Lottery officials urge players to check their tickets.

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