Sales are brisk as Mega Millions jackpot hits $1.6 billion

Ann Santiago
October 22, 2018

The Mega Millions jackpot is almost $1 billion for Friday night's drawing.

With tonight's Mega Millions jackpot now at $1 billion, the New Hampshire Lottery expects each of its 1,400 retailers on average to soon be selling three or four tickets a minute.

The jackpot for the next drawing on Tuesday, Oct. 23, will be the largest in US history, edging out the $1.586 billion Powerball jackpot awarded in January 2016. 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". The jackpot has been rolled 25 times now, but no one has won the game since July 24.

Mega Millions is played in 44 USA states as well as Washington DC and the Virgin Islands.

Although the jackpot keeps increasing, the odds of winning remain stuck at a miserable one in 302.5 million. There were NO Mega Millions winners in the state of California.

The dream lives on Saturday morning as the massive Mega Millions jackpot just got even bigger.

Record-breaking Mega Millions jackpot nears $1 billion; hours left until Friday evening drawing

He discussed the Mega Millions jackpot at the Mobile Mart on Loudon Road in Concord.

In the middle of the 20th century, when lotteries first started in the US, they were sold to states as a way to benefit the American public. The money was divided evenly by winners in Illinois, Kansas and Maryland.

Tickets cost $2, which seems like a relatively small price to pay for a chance at becoming rich. The winning numbers for the approximately $430 million pot will be drawn Saturday night.

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.

Their new-found lottery wealth would also put them above Barnes & Noble Inc and Red Robin Gourmet Burgers Inc, both worth under $500 million.

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