Mega Millions jackpot grows to $970 million ahead of Friday’s drawing

Florida ticket wins $2 million as Powerball jackpot swells to $430 million

Both games have been modified in recent years to increase jackpots.

Since 2012, 10 of the biggest lottery jackpots in USA history have exceeded $500 million. There's also a $430 million Powerball drawing Saturday.

Three tickets sold in North Carolina were among the 100 $10,000 winners nationwide, lottery officials said.

Pick the less liked numbers, he suggests, that way you're more likely take home a bigger chunk of the pot.

Lottery officials are happy to have Friday's record Mega Millions jackpot fueling ticket sales.

The current jackpot been growing since July, when some California office workers won $543 million. The jackpot reset at $40 million for the next drawing and has been soaring ever since.




While this insane total is easily enough to make it the highest Mega Millions jackpot ever, it would not be the biggest lottery grand prize in USA history. "Problem is someone else may be a victor of the jackpot", Odlyzko said.

The odds of winning the LOTTO MAX are 1 in 28 million. There are smaller prizes, from $4 up to $1 million, for matching some, but not all, numbers.

Of course, more players means a greater chance of splitting the jackpot, and, "If you don't have a ticket, you have zero chance of winning". FALSE. Your odds of winning remain the same whether one person plays the game or a trillion. The winning numbers on Tuesday were 69, 45, 61, 3, 49, and the Mega Ball was 9.

Powerball made similar changes to its rules in 2015.

Despite insanely long odds - one in 302.5 million - someone with an unparalleled gift for picking numbers - or an astonishing amount of good luck- very well could match all six Mega Millions numbers on Friday, and win a jackpot that now stands at a mind-blowing $970 million.

State lottery commissions have relied on human psychology and the spirit of optimism to fuel sales.

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