Mega Millions is now $900M. This is why lottery jackpots keep ballooning


Friday night's drawing will be the second-largest prize in US history.

On October 8th, Ashley Eggen of Elizabethtown won a $1 million prize in the Mega Millions drawing.

The next drawing will be Friday.

Do not respond the emails, officials say.

'We certainly know we get more pool play, people coming in making very large purchases for a group, ' said Chuck Strutt, executive director of the Urbandale, Iowa-based Multi-State Lottery Association that oversees the Mega Millions, Powerball and other lotteries.

The $970 million jackpot is paid out over 29 years if you choose the annuity option, or you can claim $548.6 million cash. The next drawing is Friday.

Each of the 24 semi-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 million jackpot. It is scheduled for 10 p.m. That reflects the game's long odds, at one in 302.5 million.

Illinois Lottery officials will give away 970 Mega Millions lottery tickets in Rockford Friday to promote the game's estimated $970 million jackpot - the second-largest lottery jackpot ever in the U.S.

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"That catches people off guard", she said.

The next Powerball drawing is at 11 p.m. EST Saturday.

And sure someone will win eventually but the odds are not stacked in your favour. For perspective, players are more than 25,000 times more likely to shoot a hole-in-one on the golf course.

One person did receive a $1.9 million prize Tuesday for guessing five of the six total numbers correctly at a Safeway grocery store in San Francisco.

He anticipated the possibility that the grand prize would increase again before the next drawing and, boy, was he right.

"Only when the jackpot is this huge", said Thomas. There are smaller prizes, from $4 up to $1 million, for matching some, but not all, numbers.

If you haven't bought a ticket, there's still time.