Powerball And Mega Millions Combined Jackpot Hits $2 Billion

The previous largest single jackpot of $758.7 million was won last year by Mavis Wanczyk, a 53-year-old mother of two from MA.

The prize for Friday's Mega Millions contest had soared to $1 billion, prompting long lines at gas stations and 7-11s across the country, the federal capital Washington and the US Virgin Islands where the lottery is held. According to the N.C. Education Lottery, which offers Mega Millions tickets, a single victor in Friday's drawing would have received $565.6 million if they took the cash option.

The current jackpot beats the previous record, a $1.586 billion jackpot for a Powerball drawing in 2016, said Seth Elkin, a spokesman for Mega Millions.

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

Lottery fever is running rampant, and North Carolina players have as good a chance as anyone at winning the games.

The jackpots for both Mega Millions and Powerball have both risen.

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If a victor is chosen, the federal government will automatically collect a 25 percent tax on the prize when it is issued. A single victor could chose a one-time cash option of $ 565 million or an annuity that would be paid out over 29 years.

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Check your ticket, though, because five people won $1 million in the drawing, including one person in New Jersey.

The numbers to look for on the winning ticket are 16, 54, 57, 62, 69.

The Mega Millions jackpot has been growing since July, when a group of 11 California office workers won $543 million.

Powerball has climbed since there was a victor in NY on August 11.

The odds of winning the Mega Millions jackpot are one in 302,575,350, but the odds of winning any of the lesser prizes are one in 24.

Each Powerball ticket is $2.

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