Lotteries offer $1B in jackpots as Mega Millions nears record

Gerry Broome  Associated Press

No ticket matched all numbers in the Mega Millions drawing Friday night, meaning the jackpot is now $654 million (cash option $372.6 million), just short of setting a new record.

While the jackpot stands at the fourth largest potential jackpot in U.S history, jackpot for the next Powerball will be $345 million for the drawing this Wednesday.

Mega Millions Lottery forms are pictured at Ted's State Line Mobil in Methuen, Mass., July 24, 2018.

The last time anyone won the jackpot was July 24, when a group from California claimed a $543 million prize.

More than two months ago Powerball hit for the last time when New Yorker Nandlall Mangal was the sole victor of $245.6 million, lottery officials said. "With a little luck, we may still break that record by Tuesday".

The drawing is scheduled to happen at 10 p.m. Tuesday.

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The chance of matching all six numbers is one in 302 million.

The Mega Millions record prize of $656 million goes back to March 30, 2012, when winners from Illinois, Kansas and Maryland split the cash three ways.

Virginia Lottery says it expects to sell more than 1.1 million tickets on Tuesday for that day's drawing.

The next drawing will be October 17 with the prize of $345 million.

Some lucky Powerball players won in Mt. Juliet and Memphis, totaling $150,000 and $50,000 respectively from last night's drawing.

"Jackpot fever is definitely sweeping the country!' Medenica said".

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