The jackpot of the US Mega Millions UU It grew to $ 1.6 billion, a world record for a lottery, after Friday's draw did not generate a grand prize winner, officials said.
The next Mega Millions draw will be on Tuesday, after no one has reached all the numbers of 15, 23, 53, 65, 70 and Mega Ball 7 during the draw on Friday night.
"Mega Millions has already entered a historical territory, but it is really surprising to think that now the grand prize has reached a world record," said Mega Millions Group CEO Gordon Medenica in a statement.
The Mega Millions is coordinated by the Multistate Lottery Association, along with several other lottery games, including one called Powerball.
The jackpot of the US Mega Millions UU It grew to $ 1.6 billion, a world record for a lottery, after Friday's draw did not generate a grand prize winner, officials said. A billboard of Mega Millions is seen in Brooklyn on Friday.
On Saturday, a draw for a Powerball jackpot was held for an estimated value of $ 470 million.
The winning numbers were: 16, 54, 57, 62, 69 and Powerball 23.
There was no winner for Saturday's Powerball draw and it is estimated that the new jackpot will be $ 620 million, the lottery announced on its website early Sunday.
The lump sum cash payment is estimated at $ 354.3 million and the next draw for the Powerball is scheduled for Wednesday.
The jackpots of both lotteries have recently been increased by changes in the rules that have reduced the chances of winning.
The odds of Mega Millions were reduced a year ago to 1 in 303 million from 1 in 259 million to generate bigger prizes.
If a player scores all six numbers to win the jackpot, he can opt for an immediate cash payment of $ 904 million or receive the $ 1.6billion prize for 29 years.
The current jackpot exceeds the previous record, a jackpot of $ 1.586 billion for a Powerball draw in 2016, said Seth Elkin, a spokesman for Mega Millions.
A Spanish lottery called El Gordo usually generates a bag larger than Mega Millions or Powerball, but that money is divided among many winners and no prize in El Gordo is close to the size of the last Mega Millions jackpot, Elkin said.
Mega Millions jackpots and Powerball lotteries have increased recently due to rule changes that have reduced the chances of winning
The 24 Mega Millions weekly draws have failed to produce a big winner since July 24, when a group of 11 office members in Santa Clara County, California, shared a $ 543 million jackpot.
That is partly by design.
When lottery officials changed the Mega Millions rules in October of 2017 to reduce the odds of winning and increase the ticket prices to $ 2 starting at $ 1, the then-president of Mega Millions, Debbie Alford, said that the innovations will deliver 'cumulative rewards that attract attention & # 39; and will generate higher income.
The leaders of the US lottery industry UU., Which generates around $ 80 billion in annual revenues, have experienced different rules and marketing strategies, since they have found themselves with an increasingly low interest among millennials, who are accustomed to the almost instantaneous gratification of online games and social networks.
Mega Millions tickets are sold in 44 US states. UU., The District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands.
Several states allow the purchase of tickets online, but prohibit purchases from out of state and abroad, Elkin said.
If more than one winner is chosen, the jackpot will be divided proportionally, as was the case when the previous Mega Millions record of $ 656 million was drawn in March 2012 and shared by the winners in Kansas, Illinois and Maryland, an official said. of the lottery.