Published: Thu, October 18, 2018
Money | By Ethel Goodwin

No winning Mega Millions jackpot ticket; jackpot climbs to $868M

No winning Mega Millions jackpot ticket; jackpot climbs to $868M

Mega Millions officials say no tickets matched all 6 numbers to claim the estimated $667 million grand prize in Tuesday night's drawing.

Additionally, Wednesday's Powerball jackpot has grown to $345 million, combining with Mega Millions for more than $1.2 billion in jackpots.

The jackpot keeps swelling because nobody has won since July 24, when 11 workers in a California office shared $543 million.

In New Jersey, seven tickets were sold that matched four of the five white balls and the Gold Mega Ball drawn winning the $10,000 third-tier prize.

The odds of hitting the jackpot are one in 302.5 million, according to AP.

Jackpot winners have a choice to make: cash or annuity. The cash option, which is favored by almost all winners, is $380 million.

The largest lottery jackpot ever won on a single ticket in the United States was a $758.7 million prize won on a Powerball ticket purchased in Chicopee for a drawing on August 23, 2017, officials said. Three winners across three states split the record $656 million prize.

You can play Mega Millions in 46 localities: 44 states plus Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Alaska, Hawaii, Nevada, Utah, Alabama and MS do not participate. Blake won half of the game's $42 million jackpot in October 2017.

The Powerball jackpot was last won in August 2018.

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