Mega Millions $1.6 Billion Jackpot: Quirks And Surprises Behind The Numbers

12,000 tickets sold per minute as Mega Millions’ jackpot hits $1.6 billion

$3,400 Mega Millions tickets are being sold in Kansas - EVERY MINUTE!

With more than 300 million possible combinations, the odds of winning are 1 in 302,575,350.

If Amanda Williams wins the Mega Millions jackpot, she'd buy a lake and float on it all day without a problem in the world.

"Every one of these numbers has an equal chance of being the six numbers", Van Sickle said.

It has been three months since someone took home the boffo bonanza.


No one has won the Mega Millions jackpot since July 24 when 11 co-workers in California split $543 million.

If one person got every single number right on their ticket, they would win $1.6 billion - a historic number in the lottery's world history after 25 drawings without a victor. The odds of owning a flawless one are 325,575,350 to one - almost 300 times greater than being fatally struck by lightning at some point in 2018!

The estimated $1.6 billion prize is the largest jackpot in history. The cash payout? $913.7 million.

Mega Millions tickets cost $2 and are sold in 44 states, Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands, the website says.


Andres Ojeda, also in line at the store, had less firm plans for the jackpot.

These totals will be subject to an additional state tax which will depend where you bought the ticket and/or where you reside. The Mega Millions tax bite, though, is pretty solid.

The estimated cash option is about $905 million should a victor choose to take a one-time lump sum payment instead of annual payouts over 30 years, according to Mega Millions officials. In the episode, the friends each put a chunk of cash toward buying lottery tickets, and they commit to splitting any money they win. The odds of winning the top prize were 1 in 258,890,850. While you need to match all six numbers to win the jackpot, there are other ways you can win smaller amounts of money.

The jackpots start at $40 million and grow by a minimum of $5 million per draw each time the jackpot rolls.


If you haven't gotten your ticket yet, you have until 10:45 p.m. Tuesday to purchase it.

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