The number 2 was last drawn on Oct.2 in a lottery.
"Mega Millions has already entered historic territory, but it's truly astounding to think that now the jackpot has reached an all-time world record", Gordon Medenica, lead director of the Mega Millions Group, said in a statement.
The next drawing will be Tuesday.
Don't throw away your ticket if you didn't match all six numbers on Friday's drawing. Virgin Islands. An entry into the drawing costs $1.
The lump sum would be subject to federal, state and local taxes totaling tens of millions of dollars. The drawings are 11 p.m.
The $1 billion prize refers to the annuity option. But that's not a jackpot victor. According to a report by CNN, if a victor is chosen and they take the one-time lump sum pay-out option, they will receive about $905 million all at once.
The potential payout would be a record for Mega Millions and the second largest payout in U.S. history. With the rollover, the jackpot has soared to $1.6 billion. Other second-tier winners purchased tickets in California, Florida, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York and Virginia. The biggest single payout came in August 2017, when a MA woman claimed a single lump sum worth $480.5 million.
U.S. lottery winnings are taxable at the federal level, unlike in many other countries, while some states also impose local taxes. However, if nobody wins, that all-time record might be in play.
Even some NPR hosts are taking their chances.
McGaha said he plays the lottery at least once a week and played earlier in the week when the jackpot had soared to almost $670 million.
"Players may pick six numbers from two separate pools of numbers-five different numbers from 1 to 70 and one number from 1 to 25-or select Easy Pick/Quick Pick".
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