Mega Millions drawing yields no winners, jackpot swells to $1.6B

Customers buy Mega Millions tickets hours before the draw of the $1 billion jackpot at the Bluebird Liquor store in Torrance on Oct. 19 2018

Most states also tax lottery winnings.

The huge cash prize continues a trend - the second-largest jackpot was a $1.586 billion Powerball drawing on January 13, 2016.

Romell Franklin, an officer with the University of Chicago Police Department, regularly buys lottery tickets, but the $1 billion jackpot caused him to buy more tickets in an effort to beat the odds.

No tickets matched all six numbers to claim the estimated $667 million grand prize in Tuesday night's drawing.

Lottery fever gripped people Friday as the $1 billion drawing drew near.


The winning numbers are 15, 23, 53, 65, 70. Many hopefuls haven't played before. "I also think that it creates a potential sense of regret to not be the one playing", she said. "They don't know what to do".

If no one wins this jackpot, the next one Tuesday would be at least $1.6 billion, Mega Millions officials said during the drawing, which is taped in Atlanta.

It costs $2 to play the game. "I'd be more surprised if it doesn't get hit".

If one ticket matches the numbers, the victor would win $1 billion or more than $565 million if the victor goes with the one-time cash option.

Lines were forming Friday morning at gas stations and 7-11s across the 44 states, the federal capital Washington and the US Virgin Islands where the lottery is held, with the draw to take place at 11:00pm local time (0300 GMT).

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