Record jackpot ignites lottery fever

Lloyd Doyle
October 24, 2018

The estimated cash option is $913 million. The odds for Tuesday night's Mega Millions jackpot are 1 in 302.5 million, while there's a slightly better chance - 1 in 292.2 million - of winning the $620 million Powerball prize Wednesday night.

Back on the east coast on Friday, about 9,100 tickets were purchased a minute in Maryland in a two hour window ahead of the drawing, state lottery officials said.

She said she'll also keep trying to win the record Mega Millions jackpot.

Here's how Mega Millions used to work: Players picked five numbers from 1 to 75 and a Mega number from 1 to 15.

Last week, Jared Lucas of Grifton in Lenoir County won $1 million after he and his wife made a decision to buy Mega Millions tickets at a Handy Mart convenience store in Winterville in the eastern part of the state. He said the store gets really busy on drawing days, which are Tuesdays and Fridays.

Not surprisingly, the most Mega Million jackpot winners in the past five years have come from states with the largest populations. The odds to win the grand prize were 1 in 258,890,850.

The most common Mega Ball is 22 or nine.


Powerball has climbed since there was a victor in NY on August 11.

She described the Mega Millions ticket sales as "crazy" with all the interest. Texas is one of eight states that allows winners to do just that. The more tickets sold, the more the jackpots grow, leading to more players and. you get the idea.

Here in CNY, many people are saying they'll be on the charitable side if they win. They doubled ticket prices to $2 - and tweaked the formula to make it easier to win smaller prizes but harder to win the jackpot.

By 8:30 a.m. Monday, Williams already sold about $100 worth of tickets after opening at 5 a.m. The odds of winning are so remote, so why do people play it?

If you haven't gotten your ticket yet, you have until 10:45 p.m. Tuesday to purchase it.

Deb Prier, director of the Substance Abuse Service Center, says therapists don't get calls when the excitement of a jackpot is building.

The annual El Gordo national lottery in Spain advertises a larger total prize pool, but the money is divvied up into many prizes, according to Seth Elkin, a spokesman for the Maryland lottery, which now takes questions about the Mega Millions drawing.

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