Mega Millions And Powerball Combined Jackpots Reach $2.2 Billion After No Winners

Mega Millions And Powerball Combined Jackpots Reach $2.2 Billion After No Winners

Chances of winning the jackpot are one in 302,575,350, according to the Mega Millions website.

The individual matched all five white ball numbers drawn, but not the Mega Ball number. There were also more than a dozen third-tier prize winners who won $10,000 or more. The big prize for Wednesday night's drawing is $620 million, or $354 million cash. The drawing will take place Tuesday night.

Mega Millions set a world record for lottery jackpots after there were no winning numbers for the US$1 billion prize on Friday. Several states allow online ticket purchases, but they prohibit out-of-state and foreign purchases.

The victor can also opt for a cash prize of more than $354m (£271m), from which the federal government will take 25% right away, and more later. The Poweball odds are slightly better at one in 292.2 million.

"$3.3 billion, with a b, has gone to those programs: the need-based programs that we fund as well as the KEES (Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship) program over the past 19 years", said Chip Polston, Senior Vice President of Communication with the Kentucky Lottery.

"I'll never win, but you gotta give it a shot", Hank Kattan, 75, said in Manhattan.

Also, a $1 million Powerball ticket was sold in Ingham County, Michigan, according to a local news report.

The North Dakota Lotto America is at $10.1 million, as of Sunday.

Mega Millions tickets are sold in 44 USA states, the District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands. When so many people rush to play as a jackpot soars, the chances increase that two or three tickets - of the millions of tickets sold - will match. Say I were the sole victor of the $1.6 billion jackpot (lucky me). "I think more than one person should win".

The winning numbers are 28, 70, 5, 62, 65.

Most lottery winners' lives end in disaster - even death - as they are overcome by misfortune, not to speak of friends and relatives who come out of the woodwork, along with conmen and tricksters. For the others, the state takes a bite, especially in NY, where a victor would need to pay a state tax of 8.8 percent.

In California, $267 million has been collected in Mega Millions sales over the past 25 rolls.

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