US Mega Millions jackpot hits $1.6bn

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The next Mega Millions drawing is Tuesday with the jackpot expected to exceed the US record of $1.6 billion.

The winning ticket was sold at Jardy Wines and liquors on East 169th Street.

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

"It's possible that nobody wins again".

The Mega Millions lottery in the U.S. has reached an epic $1.6 billion after no one won the 41 billion prize on Friday night.

On Friday, no jackpot winners were selected in the Mega Millions drawing, which had a grand prize of over $900 milion.

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"Mega Millions has already entered historic territory, but it's truly astounding to think that now the jackpot has reached an all-time world record", Gordon Medenica, lead director of the Mega Millions Group, said in a statement.

But with Mega Millions at a USA record $1.6 billion, you could say Powerball's potential payout after Saturday's drawing is just a measly $476 million. "They don't know what to do".

The previous largest single jackpot of $758.7 million was won last year by Mavis Wanczyk, a 53-year-old mother of two from MA.

It costs $2 to play the game.

When lottery officials changed the Mega Millions rules in October 2017 to shrink the odds of winning and increase ticket prices to $2 from $1, then-Mega Millions president Debbie Alford said the innovations would deliver "attention-grabbing jackpots" and generate increased revenues. "I'd be more surprised if it doesn't get hit". The game is played in 44 states, Puerto Rico, Washington D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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