Published: Fri, October 19, 2018
Markets | By Josh Butler

Florida lottery warns public about Mega Millions scam

Florida lottery warns public about Mega Millions scam

Powerball now rolls to an estimated $430 million for Friday's drawing, while the Mega Millions jackpot for tomorrow night has increased to $900 million.

The Mega Millions jackpot beat its own record once again after no ticket matched all the six numbers in the drawing Tuesday night.

On October 8th, Ashley Eggen of Elizabethtown won a $1 million prize in the Mega Millions drawing.

The odds of winning the Mega Millions jackpot are one in 302,575,350.

The largest lottery jackpot was a $1.6 billion Powerball prize won in January 2016. Their first decision is whether to take the cash option, which would now be $548 million, or an annuity, with one initial payment and annual installments over 29 years.

No one won the jackpot, which was set at $378 million.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

But cheer up! There are often secondary prizes to these huge drawings that can be worth millions of dollars, and a shocking amount of them go unclaimed - probably because people get too focused on the biggest possible way to win.

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The next Mega Millions drawing is at 11 p.m. EST Friday.

But when it gets close to $1 billion, even he can't resist, knowing he just bought the winning ticket.

"Ultimately, these games, they're all about the jackpots", Gordon Medenica, Maryland's lottery and gaming director, said Wednesday.

Since Mega Millions modified the formula, players now pick five numbers from 1 to 70 and a Mega number of 1 to 25.

Officials were anxious that the relatively smaller but more frequent prizes - a "paltry" $100 million, for instance - would result in "jackpot fatigue", which is why they tweaked the game previous year, Medenica said.

Here's how Mega Millions used to work: Players picked five numbers from 1 to 75 and a Mega number from 1 to 15. The winning numbers on Tuesday were 69, 45, 61, 3, 49, and the Mega Ball was 9.

Believe it or not, this week's combined billion-dollar haul is not the biggest prize in the lottery's history.

Lottery officials say the ticket was sold at the Minit Mart #664 on Leestown Road.

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