Published: Mon, October 22, 2018
Money | By Ethel Goodwin

US Mega Millions jackpot hits $1.6bn

US Mega Millions jackpot hits $1.6bn

Mega Millions fever is building in the United States lottery - with the biggest prize in history up for grabs at US$1.6 billion (AUD$2.25 billion).

The next Mega Millions draw will be held on Tuesday.

Powerball, which held the record for the largest USA lottery prize of £1.213 billion ($1.586 bn) in 2016, will hold a separate draw on Saturday.

The Mega Millions lottery jackpot has reached a record-breaking £1.26 billion ($1.6bn) after there was no victor of the £765 million ($1bn) prize.

The winning numbers on Saturday were 16, 54, 57, 62, 69, and the Powerball was 23.

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.

But if you are itching to play, you could win even more on Tuesday.

The consortium of lottery officials is holding its next conference call Monday morning to analyze ticket sales from over the weekend to determine whether it can up the jackpot.

The next Powerball drawing is on Wednesday.

No one has won the Mega Millions jackpot since July 24, when a group of 11 workers in California split $543 million.

Powerball has climbed since there was a victor in NY on August 11.

Mega Millions tickets are sold in 44 US states, the District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands.

If you've got a lotto itch, Mega Millions and Powerball tickets are now $2 each and can be purhcased in 44 states, Washington D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Mega Millions is played in 44 states as well as Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

This content was republished with permission from CNN.

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