There was no victor in Friday night's Mega Millions drawing, so the jackpot for Tuesday will climb to $1.6 billion.
The Mega Millions lottery has reached $1 billion, and people are making sure they don't miss their shot at the jackpot.
The previous largest single jackpot of $758 million (£580 million) was won last year by Mavis Wanczyk, a 53-year-old mother of two from MA. The pot's been growing since July when someone in California won the jackpot.
The cash option is $565 million, according to Mega Millions.
One approach to guaranteeing a lottery win is to buy enough tickets to enter every single possible combination of numbers.
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The odds of matching five numbers and the Mega number are 1 in 302,575,350, according to the Associated Press. As Jane L. Risen, a professor of behavioral science at the University of Chicago, puts it: When the jackpot grows so large, "it creates this sense of community".
"Players may pick six numbers from two separate pools of numbers-five different numbers from 1 to 70 and one number from 1 to 25-or select Easy Pick/Quick Pick".
States have generally reported increased Mega Millions and Powerball sales since the change.
Typically if someone wins the jackpot, MegaMillions updates its website to restart the jackpot at $40 million.
The prize was shared by winners in Kansas, Illinois and Maryland. The Powerball pot is $430 million, and the top Mega Millions prize is a cool Dr. Evil-approved $1 billion.
Mega Millions drawings take place on Tuesdays and Fridays at 10:00 p.m. CST.
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