5 things to know before buying that Mega Millions ticket

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You can buy tickets for the Mega Millions and Powerball draws in New York State. That reflects the game's long odds, at one in 302.5 million.

Each of the 24 semi-weekly drawings have failed to produce a top victor since July 24, when an 11-member group of employees at a Wells Fargo branch in Santa Clara County, California, won a $US543 million Mega Millions jackpot. Still, with winnings from the largest-ever $970 million Mega Millions jackpot, they might have a lot left over.

The estimated Mega Millions jackpot was raised on Thursday for the second time, due to strong sales ahead of Friday night's drawing, according to the NBC. While there was no jackpot victor in Tuesday night's drawing, IL players won more than 198,700 prizes, ranging from $2 to $10,000.

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The jackpot has been growing since July, when some California office workers won $543 million.

Lottery players will have slightly better odds of winning just one of the jackpots.

However, its second-biggest one of all time for $656 million happened in 2012 before the tweak. The other significant change that helped fuel the jackpot growth was the increase in the Mega Millions ticket price, which doubled to $2. When the jackpots flirt with the half-billion-dollar mark, state lotteries don't even feel the need to advertise, he said.

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And sure someone will win eventually but the odds are not stacked in your favour. There are smaller prizes, from $4 up to $1 million, for matching some, but not all, numbers.

To win the jackpot, a player must correctly pick six numbers - five white balls from 1 to 70 and the yellow "mega ball" from 1 to 25.

Mega Millions drawings take place every Tuesday and Friday. On Wednesday, the jackpot was bumped from $868 million to $900 million. Make copies of all the tickets and pass them out.

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