Mega Millions: The insane U.S. lotto jackpot up for grabs

Mega Millions

Mega Millions

Nationwide, the draw for the historic $1 billion jackpot produced 12,446,690 winning tickets, including 15 $1 million dollar winners.

Tonight, lottery officials announced the Mega Millions winning numbers in one of the most anticipated drawings in American lottery history.

The jackpot will be divided proportionately if there is more than one victor, as happened when the previous Mega Millions record of $656m (£500m today) was drawn in March 2012.

A single victor could chose a one-time cash option of $565 million or an annuity that would be paid out over 29 years.

Lottery fever gripped people Friday as the $1 billion drawing drew near.

The next drawing is at 11 p.m.

Material from the Associated Press was used in this report. The Mega Ball is 7 and the Megaplier is 2. Fifteen tickets matched five numbers for second-tier prizes of at least $1 million. The estimated cash option is almost $905 million.

Anticipation is growing along with the zeroes in the Mega Millions lottery winnings.

Don't throw away your ticket if you didn't match all six numbers on Friday's drawing.

If so, the $1 billion-plus will be paid out over 20 years - or you can opt for an immediate cash option of $565.6 million. The biggest Mega Millions jackpot won in 2018 was a $543 million jackpot.

Did anyone win the 10/19/18 Mega Millions jackpot?

But someone is over $38,000 richer this morning after purchasing a winning Florida Lottery Fantasy 5 ticket in Davisville.

When is the next Mega Millions drawing? "I also think that it creates a potential sense of regret to not be the one playing".

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