No Winner Announced for Mega Millions; Jackpot is Now $1.6 Billion

Record-breaking Mega Millions jackpot nears $1 billion; hours left until Friday evening drawing

The winning numbers were: 15, 23, 53, 65, 70 and Mega Ball 7.

Washington: Scores of American lottery players were disappointed they hadn´t become an overnight billionaire Saturday - but they´ll get another chance to scoop the jackpot, with $1.6 billion up for grabs in a few days.

The new jackpot set another record as the highest Mega Millions prize ever, and got even closer to the highest lottery prize ever, $1.6 billion. According to the official list of largest Mega Millions jackpots, three of the six top jackpot amounts have been awarded since the rules were changed past year. One ticket purchased in California matched the five white balls and Mega ball to win on July 24.

The cash option is $565 million, according to Mega Millions.

Lottery officials increased the grand prize just hours ahead of the Friday night drawing.

Don't throw away your ticket if you don't match all six numbers because there are secondary prizes worth up to $1 million.

The next Mega Millions drawing is at 11 p.m. EST Tuesday.




The numbers have been drawn for Saturday's estimated $470 million Powerball jackpot.

What were the Mega Millions winning numbers?

In the middle of the 20th century, when lotteries first started in the US, they were sold to states as a way to benefit the American public. Given that the odds are so heavily against you, it's likely not a good investment to buy a ticket.

The prize was shared by winners in Kansas, Illinois and Maryland.

No one won Friday's drawing, pushing the jackpot from $1 billion to $1.6 billion. After state and federal tax withholdings, he took home $423,012 and plans to put it into savings, according to the lottery news release.

Tickets cost $2 unless you opt for the "Megaplier", which raises the price to $3.

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