$1.6 billion Mega Millions jackpot up for grabs tonight

With the Mega Millions lottery jackpot at a record US $1.6 billion people are snapping up tickets across the US

The Mega Millions website briefly crashed yesterday ahead of the drawing due to a surge in visitors, said a spokeswoman for the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency, which administers the website.

For those with an worldwide bent, the current Mega Millions jackpot has surpassed all lottery jackpot records - so it's not only the largest lottery prize in USA history, it's now the world's largest. That would leave me with "just" over $570 million, assuming I took the lump sum. Of the five largest jackpots awarded in the USA, three went to multiple winners.

The lines may be a little longer at the gas stations and local grocery stores, all for a shot to win the Mega Millions jackpot of $1.6 billion on Tuesday. That astounding combined total is a record in the lottery industry, too. The more tickets sold, the more the jackpots grow, leading to more players and. you get the idea.

"As the saying goes, 'A rising tide lifts all boats, '" said Kansas Lottery Executive Director Terry Presta. Well, the cash option has gotten less rich because interest rates are higher today than they were in early 2016. "To say this is an exciting time for players and lotteries is an understatement!" If this can go past $1.6 billion this would be awesome. If a Kansas player hits the Powerball jackpot tomorrow night, is the only victor and chooses the cash option of $354.3 million, he or she would receive $251.4 million, after taxes.




Tuesday night's Mega Millions estimated grand prize has hit a staggering $1.6 billion, continuing a trend of giant jackpots.

After he bought his Mega Millions tickets inside, he said he gave the lotto employees a head's up about what to expect when he returns after his numbers are picked Tuesday night. Neither ticket has yet been claimed. People who don't usually buy lottery tickets will come in and buy one for a high jackpot, and the people who regularly play the lottery will buy several more tickets than usual, she said. That ticket remains unclaimed as well.

The chances of winning the prize are so minuscule that the old tropes about being more likely to be struck by lightning aren't even relevant (you are thousands of times more likely to be struck by lightning in your life than win the Mega millions).

Powerball officials reported that there were no winners and estimated that Wednesday's drawing would be worth $620 million.

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