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At $ 1.6 billion, Mega Millions jackpot is the largest in the history of the lottery: NPR



A man in Torrance, California buys a Mega Millions ticket hours before the draw on Friday night. Nobody won that drawing and the jackpot rose to $ 1

.6 billion.

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A man in Torrance, California, buys a Mega Millions ticket hours before the draw on Friday night. No one won that drawing, and the jackpot rose to $ 1.6 billion.

Mark Ralston / AFP / Getty Images

The expectation grows along with the zeros in the Mega Millions lottery winnings. The prize reached $ 1.6 billion after no-one won the jackpot in a drawing on Friday night.

This is the largest lotto jackpot in history, surpassing the $ 1.586 billion Powerball award in January 2016.

Mega Millions lead director Gordon Medenica called it "new territory."

A winner who wants to fix the money can opt for the cash payment of around $ 905 million

The next draw will take place on Tuesday at 11 o'clock. ET

Medenica tells NPR that on Friday about 280 million tickets were sold for the draw.

Tuesday's odds are about one in 302 million – almost the adult population of the United States.

And while lottery winners have their superstitions, "the whole process is completely random," says Medenica. The overwhelming majority of people use the quick-pick option and let the computer dial their numbers for them.

Even some NPR hosts are taking their chances.

Tickets are sold on Fridays and Sundays, the days of lottery drawings. They rise fast all day, says Medenica, and tend to peak between 6 and 8 pm when people come home from work.

Chances are that a winner – or winner – will get good news on Tuesday night. But if nobody does that, the Mega Millions jackpot will reach a new record.


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