No Mega Millions victor, jackpot climbs to $1.6 billion

Lloyd Doyle
October 21, 2018

The Powerball jackpot has jumped to $620 million after no winning tickets were sold. One in 302.5 million.

A drawing was held on Saturday for a Powerball jackpot worth an estimated $470 million.

Australian lotto players might not have such a big prize to play for but this week $60 million is up for garbs with $10 million in Tuesday's Oz Lotto, $30 million in the Powerball draw on Thursday and then $20 in Saturday's Superdraw.

No winners were immediately announced. The odds of winning the jackpot are about one in 302 million but, with so many tickets being purchased, the likelihood of rollover becomes increasingly slim.

A newstand billboard advertising tickets for the lottery. Fifteen tickets matched five numbers for second-tier prizes of at least $1 million.

The next Powerball drawing is on Wednesday. The estimated jackpot for that drawing would tie the largest lottery prize in US history.

A Spanish lottery called El Gordo typically generates a larger purse than Mega Millions or Powerball, but that money is split between many different winners and no single prize in El Gordo approaches the size of the latest Mega Millions jackpot, Elkin said.

The jackpot has been growing since July, when a group of California office workers won $543 million.

That is partly by design. The game is played in 44 states, Puerto Rico, Washington D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

"We tell them how to play it", she said.

The Mega Millions game, which was created in 2002, has seen changes over the years that have reduced the chances of winning, meaning bigger and bigger jackpots.

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