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Who wants to be a billionaire? Americans cross fingers for record lottery

Signs display the jackpots for Friday's Mega Millions and Wednesday's Powerball lottery drawings in New York Friday's Mega Millions jackpot soars to $1 billion
Ginger Lawrence | 21 October, 2018, 17:53

The Mega Millions lottery may see a streak of jackpot rollovers end as it heads toward a record $1.6 billion drawing on Tuesday. That would stop the streak of 25 rollovers, most recently on Friday night.

On Tuesday, that would mean a total of almost $905 million - before taxes, according to the Mega Millions website.

"Mega Millions has already entered historic territory, but it's truly astounding to think that now the jackpot has reached an all-time world record", Gordon Medenica, lead director of the Mega Millions Group, said in a statement. "But it's hard to fathom", Ms Gentry said.

The prize for Friday's Mega Millions contest in the United States has soared to $1 billion, representing the largest jackpot in global lottery history if claimed by a single victor.

Saturday's Powerball numbers are: 16-54-57-62-69 and Powerball: 23. Fifteen tickets matched five numbers for second-tier prizes of at least $1 million. Many hopefuls haven't played before.

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No one won the latest Mega Millions drawing, meaning the jackpot climbs to a staggering $1.6 billion.

The Mega Millions lottery in the United States has reached an epic $1.6 billion after no one won the 41 billion prize on Friday night. Several states allow online ticket purchases, but they prohibit out-of-state and foreign purchases, Elkin said.

Mega Millions is played in 44 states as well as Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The 24 semi-weekly Mega Millions drawings have failed to produce a top victor since July 24, when an 11-member office pool in Santa Clara County, California, shared a $543 million jackpot.

Each Powerball or Mega Millions ticket is $2.