Mega Millions jackpot hits $1.6 billion after no winners were crowned Friday

Lloyd Doyle
October 21, 2018

About 280 million tickets sold in Friday's drawing, none matching the winning mix of 7, 15, 23, 53, 65 and 70 to claim an estimated prize of $1 billion.

The potential payout would be a record for Mega Millions and the second largest payout in U.S. history.

No one won the latest Mega Millions drawing, meaning the jackpot climbs to a staggering $1.6 billion.

The jackpot grew more than $400 million since Tuesday night, when the payout would have been $667 million. Officials at that time also increased the chances of winning small prizes. You'd be more likely to be struck by lightning or attacked by a shark. That jackpot is nearly $500 million.

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. In California, for example, the lottery Thursday sold $5.7 million in Mega Millions tickets during the first half of the day.

The jackpot for Saturday night's Powerball drawing, meanwhile, is the eighth largest in the game's history at an estimated $470 million. The Powerball record jackpot was $1.586 billion, split between three winning tickets. The annuity option guarantees more money, but it's paid over 29 years and also would result in a hefty tax bill.

Stacy Tarbis, a regional manager at a biotech company, hadn't planned to buy a ticket until her father called her on her drive home and told her about the size of the jackpot.

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