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Mega Millions jackpot now $868M, 2nd largest in U.S. history

Mega Millions jackpot now $868M, 2nd largest in U.S. history

The Associated Press is reporting that no winning lottery ticket was sold in Tuesday night's Mega Millions drawing.

If no one wins this jackpot, the next one will be at least $869 million, Mega Millions officials said during the drawing, which is taped in Atlanta.

The winning numbers on Tuesday were 69, 45, 61, 3, 49, and the Mega Ball was 9.

The jackpot has ballooned upward because nobody has won the jackpot since July 24, when a group of 11 co-workers in Santa Clara County, California, split a $543 million prize. The chance of matching all six numbers and taking home the grand prize is one in 302.5 million.

If the victor chooses the annuity option, the jackpot would be paid out over 29 years.

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The largest jackpot in Mega Millions history was a $656 million prize that was shared by winners from Kansas, Illinois and Maryland in March 2012. The cash option, which is favored by almost all winners, is $380 million.

In 2016, there was a $1.586 billion Powerball jackpot, according to Reuters.

Lottery tickets are sold at $2 each in kiosks, supermarkets and gas stations in 44 USA states, the District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands.

Tuesday's Mega Millions along with Wednesday's Powerball jackpot, which stands at $345 million, are worth more than a cool billion dollars.


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