How Mega Millions created monstrous jackpots -- but made them harder to win

Andrew Cummings
October 21, 2018

Lines were forming Friday morning at gas stations and 7-11s across the 44 states, the federal capital Washington and the U.S. Virgin Islands where the lottery is held, with the draw to take place at 11:00 p.m. local time (0300 GMT). That would stop the streak of 25 rollovers, most recently on Friday night.

The next drawing will be Tuesday.

"It's possible that nobody wins again".

Friday's Mega Millions jackpot soars to $1 billion

The base prize for matching the five white numbers drawn is $1 million.

A sign in the window of a liquor store shows the Powerball lottery jackpot at $700 million in Washington, on January 7, 2016.

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.


Tonya Jimenez, assistant manager at Beavers Market in Fort Collins, Colorado, said all three registers were going Saturday, a day after the store sold 220 tickets. "We're doing a lot of explaining".

No one has won the Mega Millions jackpot since July 24, when a group of 11 workers in California split $543 million.

It costs $2 to play the game.


The potential Powerball jackpot has now climbed to $620 million for Wednesday's drawing.

"I wouldn't be surprised if it gets hit", Gentry said.

The spike in the Mega Millions ticket price, from $1 to to $2, brought a major change to the starting amount.


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