This will be the second largest lottery jackpot ever offered in United States history. But only recently has the game been shelling out massive jackpots. The changes made it less likely that any given ticket will win the top prize, but they increased chances of winning smaller prizes.
This is the third millionaire created in Kentucky in the past 10 days. The jackpot has been rolling every drawing since July 27, when it started at $40 million.
Two big jackpots at the same time, says Smithfield News owner Kashif Malik, adds up to more ticket buyers.
And if you want to buy Mega Millions tickets in time for a chance to win the almost $1 billion jackpot, take note that tickets are sold in 44 states, plus Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
"Everyone is talking about the jackpot and running out to buy tickets for tonight's drawing", Gordon Medenica, Mega Millions lead director and Maryland Lottery and Gaming director, said in a press release about Tuesday night's suspense.
The next Powerball drawing will be on Saturday, October 20th, 2018 with an estimated Grand Prize of $430,000,000, or $248,000,000 cash. They're stuck at a miserable one in 302.5 million.
Tickets are $2 at any place that sells N.C. lottery tickets.
Pick the less liked numbers, he suggests, that way you're more likely take home a bigger chunk of the pot.
Officials were anxious that the relatively smaller but more frequent prizes - a "paltry" $100 million, for instance - would result in "jackpot fatigue", which is why they tweaked the game past year, Medenica said.
You must match all five numbers plus the Mega number to win the grand prize. "The way you want to think about it is that there are set amount of numbers in the game, and it's you against probability, not against the other players". About half of the jackpot winnings would go to taxes.