Who wants to be a billionaire? Mega Millions drawing tonight

That's the value if the victor or winners select 30 annuity payments. The estimated cash option is almost $905 million.

"It's never been this high and it's incredible how many tickets we're selling now", said Michael Kennedy.

By tonight, with so many people buying tickets, about 75 percent of all combinations likely will have been sold.

"Pray to God I'll live another 60 years to spend that money", Ralph said.

"Oh yes, one ticket", said Kennedy.

The next drawing will be announced Tuesday at 8 p.m. PDT.

"It's quick pick, but I paid 3 bucks- you know the maximum", said John Hasenkopf, Brookline Resident.

Across the river in IN, money from the lottery sales also goes a variety of places. "I'm going against the grain". "I'd probably fall over dead". The remaining $1.11 billion, plus the 40 percent of ticket sales supposedly allocated to education and other causes, would end up in the hands of the federal and NY state governments. "I'll give him a million".

Next, you want to consult with a financial planner before heading to the lottery headquarters.

But before you either chip in or organize your office's pool, experts say beware of the following do's and don'ts.

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Putting things in writing isn't fun, but it's the safer bet.

Financial advice sites like CNBC have started to produce guides for a potential victor, on how to protect yourself from all your greedy family members should you become richer than it's possible for any normal person to be.

With steady sales, the top prize was set to grow beyond $1.6 billion, as lottery officials predicted bettors would buy tickets up until the very last minute.

The $1.6 billion jackpot, a jaw-dropping amount to the average person who can afford a $2 ticket, is still less than two weeks of profit for Apple Inc.

"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", said Gordon Medenica, Lead Director of the Mega Millions Group.

Keith Schoen, a clerk at the Neighborhood Grocery, said there were a lot of Mega Millions lottery sales on Friday.

If it seems like lottery jackpots are getting larger and larger, it's because they are getting larger and larger.

As a regular lottery player, he said he buys more tickets when the jackpot is higher.

The jackpot is the largest in US history and has created a frenzy at stores across the country.

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