U.S. lottery jackpot breaks record at 1.6bn dollars

Record-breaking Mega Millions jackpot nears $1 billion; hours left until Friday evening drawing

Iowa Lottery players bought more than $4-million in Mega Millions tickets for Friday's drawing, including almost $2.8-million in tickets on Friday alone.

If you hit the jackpot, you can either collect the $1 billion over time or take a lump sum of $565.6 million in cash.

The drawing for the second-largest lottery prize in USA history, a cool $1 billion, was held on Friday as lotto fever gripped the US.

It's the largest-ever Mega Millions prize. The pot's been growing since July when someone in California won the jackpot.

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Mega Millions is played in 44 states as well as Washington DC and the US Virgin Islands.

"We passed the jackpot sign and saw the '6-5-4, ' " Lucas told lottery officials after claiming his prize at lottery headquarters in Raleigh Tuesday, according to an NC Education Lottery news release. Regardless of whether anyone buys a winning ticket for this drawing, it will be the largest in Mega Millions history.

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Prajapati Rohit, a store clerk at Stop N Go Liquor at 5214 159th St., said there were long lines for lottery sales Friday, but it's unclear when the winning ticket was sold.

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The next Mega Millions drawing is scheduled for Tuesday at 10 p.m.

Powerball holds its drawing Saturday night, with a potential prize of $470 million. Winners in Kansas, Illinois and Maryland shared that jackpot. After state and federal tax withholdings, he took home $423,012 and plans to put it into savings, according to the lottery news release.

"Players may pick six numbers from two separate pools of numbers-five different numbers from 1 to 70 and one number from 1 to 25-or select Easy Pick/Quick Pick".

This upcoming jackpot just barely surpasses the previous record of $1.5686 billion, which was the grand prize for a Powerball drawing back in 2016.

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