The $ 970 million mega-million jackpot will be awarded on Friday night after a $ 868 million balloon ride on Wednesday morning.
Do you think you have the lucky numbers? USA TODAY answers your questions about the historical lottery drawing:
What time are the Mega Millions?
The Mega Millions drawing will be at 11 o'clock. ET on Friday in Atlanta, Georgia at WSB-TV Studios. If you are not on the East Coast, it is 10 o'clock in the morning. CT, 9 pm MT and 8 pm PT.
You have a few options if you want to search for your numbers. The drawing will be sent live to various news partners. So look in your local listings, which channel you can change until Friday evening. You can also visit the website Mega Millions or download the app.
Is this the biggest lottery win of all time?
With $ 970 million, this is the biggest Mega Millions jackpot ever, but not the biggest lottery ever.
The largest lottery jackpot in US history was $ 1.6 billion from a Powerball game in January 2016. The former record holder for Mega Millions received $ 656 million in prize money in 2012 each winner at least $ 200 million – of course, before taxes.
Was there no drawing on Tuesday?
There was a drawing Tuesday night, but no one has guessed all six numbers. Tuesday winning numbers? 3, 45, 49, 61, 69, and 9.
One person received $ 1.9 million on Tuesday for correctly guessing five of the six numbers in a Safeway grocery store in San Francisco.
If nobody claims the Mega Millions jackpot in the required time – which varies from state to state – each state receives the money it has contributed to the jackpot. For example, in Virginia you have 180 days to claim the prize, otherwise the profits go to K-12 training.
What time can you buy a ticket for Mega Millions?
You can buy a Mega Millions ticket at 10:45 am in 39 of the 42 states that allow the Mega Millions game. In Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont the last tickets are sold at 21:50. ET, according to Fox News.
If you live in Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, North Carolina or North Dakota, you can purchase a Mega Millions ticket online if you have registered with the lotteries of those states, according to the Mega Millions website. If you live in New Hampshire, New York or Virginia, you can buy a subscription to Mega Millions online.
Otherwise go to your local supermarket or supermarket to personally select your lucky numbers.
What are the odds of winning the Mega Millions Jackpot?
Not great. According to Chris O & # 39; Byrne, a senior lecturer in management information systems at San Diego State University, quotas on Thursday were 302,575,350 to 1.
"There are over 300 million people in the United States," said O & # 39; Byrne. "Of course you have to play in the game to win, but if you think about it, it's like choosing the right person across the United States."
Why do people play then? Even if the chances are low, it's all about hope.
"It's the lure that can change you with a stroke of luck," said O & Byrne. "It's like you can change your future, maybe $ 2."
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