US Mega Millions jackpot nears $1 billion, second largest on record

US Mega Millions jackpot nears $1 billion, second largest on record

US Mega Millions jackpot nears $1 billion, second largest on record

The previous largest Mega Millions jackpot - $656 million - was split by by winners in Kansas, Illinois and Maryland in 2012.

Those feeling super lucky could also opt for a Powerball ticket and one lucky victor in Saturday's draw could scoop an estimated $430,000,000 (£330,000,000) jackpot.

Dreams of being a billionaire are now in reach, thanks to the Mega Millions.

If you want to find out if you picked some or all of the Mega Millions winning numbers this week, go to or after the drawing.

Do not respond the emails, officials say. That jackpot was won in January 2016. The immediate cash value of the Mega Millions prize is $548 million. The next drawing is Friday.

The current jackpot been growing since July, when some California office workers won $543 million. It is scheduled for 10 p.m. The odds of winning the jackpot are now 1 in 302,575,350.

The Kentucky Lottery says the Mega Millions jackpot is closer to $1 billion ahead of Friday's drawing.

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If a player is lucky enough to win, Uniondale lawyer Jason Kurland, who has worked with 30 lottery winners, has some advice for would-be lotto winners.

This can get complicated, but for the most part winners pay taxes where they bought the ticket and then can get a credit on their taxes in their home state.

The next Powerball drawing is at 11 p.m. EST Saturday. FALSE. Your odds of winning remain the same whether one person plays the game or a trillion.

For an additional $1 you can get a "Megaplier" ticket that will increase the amount of the smaller prizes, but not the grand prize.

"Only when the jackpot is this huge", said Thomas. Prizes can range from $2 to $5 million depending on the game and type of ticket.

Since Mega Millions modified the formula, players now pick five numbers from 1 to 70 and a Mega number of 1 to 25.

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