Record Mega Millions drawing tonight, October 23rd

Record Mega Millions drawing tonight, October 23rd

Troy Powers
October 25, 2018

"I try to go with my kids' birthdays, today date, the year", said Chanel Boodie of Brooklyn.

With odds of wining at 1 in 302 million for Mega Millions and 1 in 292 million for Powerball, some just said they hope someone from the Tri-State Area wins.

If the odds of winning either Mega Millions or Powerball don't seem enormous enough, how about winning them both?

But much of the focus has been on Tuesday's Mega Millions drawing and what would be the largest jackpot prize in USA history.

The biggest quirk starts with this fact: The advertised $US1.6 billion Mega Millions prize - the world's largest ever lottery jackpot - and $US620 million Powerball prize aren't quite real.

If you've got a lotto itch, Mega Millions and Powerball tickets are now $2 each and can be purhcased in 44 states, Washington D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands. In 2016, Americans spent more than $ 80 billion on lotteries, eclipsing the combined total of what they spent on movies, video games, books, music and sports tickets.

The ticket sold worth about $877.8 million in a lump-sum cash payment, which most winners choose to take, rather than collect the full amount in annual payments over three decades.

"Pray to God I'll live another 60 years to spend that money", Ralph said.

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"I wouldn't be surprised if it gets hit", Gentry added.

"It's only two dollars". Mathematically, you're not being rational if you think you have a chance of winning the jackpot, whether it's with one ticket or 100 tickets.

With steady sales, the top prize was set to grow beyond $1.6 billion, as lottery officials predicted bettors would buy tickets up until the very last minute. That prize was up to $620 million as of Tuesday morning, with an estimated cash value of $354.3 million, according to the game's website.

Is this the night someone makes lottery history in the United States? Several states permit online ticket purchases.

Both lottery jackpots will approach new heights this week.

A customer shows his purchased Mega Millions lottery ticket at a retailer in Washington, DC, on Sunday.

But you are more likely to get killed by a shark than win, with odds of a shark attack at one in 3.7 million, according to the Tucson, Arizona-based International Wildlife Museum.