A sign advertising tickets for the Mega Millions lottery drawing seen in Brooklyn.
The Mega Millions lottery in the U.S. has reached an epic $1.6 billion after no one won the 41 billion prize on Friday night.
The prize for Friday's Mega Millions contest in the United States has soared to $1 billion, representing the largest jackpot in global lottery history if claimed by a single victor. One in 302.5 million.
A drawing was held on Saturday for a Powerball jackpot worth an estimated $470 million.
The prize pot has reached new heights after no player got all of the numbers of 15, 23, 53, 65, 70 and the Mega Ball 7 during Friday night's draw.
The lump sum payout is an estimated $269.6 million for the Powerball.
The Mega Millions' odds were lowered a year ago to 1-in-303 million from 1-in-259 million, to generate larger prizes. The second-largest jackpot was a $1.586 billion Powerball drawing on January 13, 2016.
The $1.6 billion estimated jackpot would be the largest prize in US history.
The victor might opt for the cash prize of more than $270 million, from which the federal government will take 25% right away, and more later.
The Mega Millions jackpot has been growing since July, when a group of 11 California office workers won $543 million.
That is partly by design. Fifteen tickets matched five numbers for second-tier prizes of at least $1 million.
"We tell them how to play it", she said. The game is played in 44 states, Puerto Rico, Washington D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
If more than one victor is picked, the jackpot would be divided proportionately, as happened when the previous Mega Millions record of $656 million was drawn in March 2012 and was shared by winners in Kansas, Illinois and Maryland, a lottery official said.