Mega Millions jackpot grows to $970 million ahead of Friday’s drawing

Muriel Colon
October 19, 2018

The previous largest Mega Millions jackpot - $656 million - was split by by winners in Kansas, Illinois and Maryland in 2012.

Each of the 24 twice-weekly drawings have failed to produce a top victor since July 24, when an 11-member office pool in Santa Clara County, California, hit a $543,000,000 (£417,000,000) jackpot. And if you're reading this story, you'll probably buy a ticket so here are five things to think about if the second largest jackpot in US history has given you lottery fever. In Indiana, on the other hand, the cutoff for buying Mega Millions tickets is 10:44 p.m. ET. If the prize is between $600 and $99,999 the player can claim it at any of the six lottery claim centers in the state.

Looking to score free Mega Millions tickets ahead of Friday night's $970 million drawing? The cash value plus the interest is what creates the prize. That honor goes to a 2016 Powerball jackpot, which clocked in at $1.586 billion (although it was shared by three winners).

Both games have been modified in recent years to increase jackpots. Make copies of all the tickets and pass them out.

The awful odds of winning don't stop people from playing, because with a jackpot of $970 million dollars, dreamers say "Why not?"

Remember, the state lottery folks give winners 180 days to claim their winnings.

A representative from Michigan Lottery said more than 225,000 lottery tickets were purchased before 11 a.m. Thursday and 950,000 tickets were purchased on Wednesday. The next Powerball drawing is Saturday.

Tickets are $2 at any place that sells N.C. lottery tickets. That is if you're numbers are called. FALSE. Your odds of winning remain the same whether one person plays the game or a trillion.

But when it gets close to $1 billion, even he can't resist, knowing he just bought the winning ticket. Again, the computer can do this for you if you don't want to choose your own numbers. "Problem is someone else may be a victor of the jackpot", Odlyzko said.

Since Mega Millions modified the formula, players now pick five numbers from 1 to 70 and a Mega number of 1 to 25.

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