Who wants to be a billionaire? Americans cross fingers for record lottery

Ann Santiago
October 22, 2018

From July 27 through October 16, Mega Millions sales in North Carolina raised an estimated $10.6 million for education, the lottery site said.

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.

In the Powerball, the victor can also opt for a cash prize of more than $354 million.

The odds of matching all six numbers and winning the Mega Millions jackpot are 1 in 302.5 million.

Both lotteries' jackpots have been increased recently by rule changes that have decreased the odds of winning.

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

The Mega Millions lottery may see a streak of jackpot rollovers end as it heads toward a record $1.6 billion drawing on Tuesday.


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

The numbers drawn Saturday were 62-16-54-57-69 and the Powerball was 23.

The 24 semi-weekly Mega Millions drawings have failed to produce a top victor since July 24, when an 11-member office pool in Santa Clara County, California, shared a $543 million jackpot.

Then on Saturday, no winners were selected in the Powerball drawing.

Each Powerball ticket is $2.

For an extra $1 you can get a "Power Play" ticket in which you can increase the amount of the smaller prizes, but not the grand prize.

"It's hard to overstate how exciting this is - but now it's really getting fun", Gordon Medenica, lead director of the Mega Millions Group and director of Maryland Lottery and Gaming, tells CNN.

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