Friday's Mega Millions jackpot soars to $1 billion

Gladys Abbott
October 21, 2018

But before then, players can try for an even bigger reward with the Mega Millions on Tuesday, now boasting a tally of $1.6 billion, bringing both lotteries to the aforementioned combined total of $2.22 billion.

A Spanish lottery called El Gordo typically generates a larger purse than Mega Millions or Powerball, but that money is split between many winners and no single prize in El Gordo approaches the size of the latest Mega Millions jackpot, Elkin said.

On Friday, no jackpot winners were selected in the Mega Millions drawing, which had a grand prize of over $900 milion. That's the largest jackpot in USA history. United Kingdom players can win a separate prize by betting on the numbers. Mega Millions is now offering a potential prize of $1.6 billion.

"It's hard to overstate how exciting this is - but now it's really getting fun", said Gordon Medenica, lead director of the Mega Millions Group and director of Maryland Lottery and Gaming. Throw in last year's changes to the Mega Millions and -- forget about it.

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While the epic prize is up for grabs in the US, Lottoland UK customers can bet on the outcome of the MegaMillions lottery and potentially win a separate jackpot.

About 280 million tickets sold in Friday's drawing, none matching the winning mix of 7, 15, 23, 53, 65 and 70 to claim an estimated prize of $US1 billion ($1.4 billion). That jackpot was won in January 2016. The last time anyone won the Powerball was on August 11th in NY for $245 million.

US lottery winnings are taxable at the federal level, unlike in many other countries, while some states also impose local taxes.

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