Winning numbers for record $1.6 billion Mega Millions jackpot

12,000 tickets sold per minute as Mega Millions’ jackpot hits $1.6 billion

"We all said we'd turn in our resignation at the same time", she said, laughing. There are a total of nine ways to win a prize in Mega Millions, ranging from the jackpot down to $2.

That would mean a 25 percent chance of no victor.

The winning lottery numbers will be drawn at 9 p.m.

The odds of winning the Mega Millions jackpot are slim - one in 302.5 million, to be exact - but you'll never know if you don't play.

The fever has struck nationwide.

Lucas also bought a $20 100X The Cash scratch-off ticket, on which he won the $1 million.

"It's hard to overstate how exciting this is - but now it's really getting fun", Gordon Medenica, lead director of the Mega Millions Group and director of Maryland Lottery and Gaming, said over the weekend.

Drawings are held every Tuesday and Friday, with the next drawing scheduled for Friday, Oct. 26.

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"I just want to give back to the community, I want to do something that will help people".

Not surprisingly, the most Mega Million jackpot winners in the past five years have come from states with the largest populations.

But that's before taxes.

"Take a chance and get the big one", Kessler said.

"Yeah, if you're ever going to piss away $2, it might as well be after $1.6 billion", he says chuckling.

And if you take the annual payouts rather than the lump sum, you may even be an eventual billionaire. None of these states tax lottery winnings. Even highly taxed states like NY show figures cresting a billion dollars after 30 years of payments.

It's not just you. Players may choose numbers themselves, or select quick pick, in which the computer chooses the numbers.

For all the anticipation about whether someone will finally snag the big Mega Millions and Powerball jackpots, the games come down to two things: simple math and very long odds. But the odds aren't especially favorable, at about 1 in 88 quadrillion (that's 88,000,000,000,000,000).

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Expect to pay 24% of your jackpot winnings immediately.

But what are your chances of winning? The number two lottery jackpot in US and world history was a $1.586 billion Powerball jackpot.

Powerball made similar changes to its rules in 2015.

Those unlucky on Tuesday can still try their luck the following day for the 620 million-dollar Powerball jackpot.

"I believe I already won", Joseph Rauch told Reuters, "believe I believe in the law of attraction".

"I've been waiting an hour and a half", said Kagan.

Hank Kattan is 75 years old.

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