Published: Mon, October 22, 2018
Finance | By Jaime Brady

No victor in Saturday's Powerball drawing; jackpot now worth $620 million

No victor in Saturday's Powerball drawing; jackpot now worth $620 million

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).

Mega Millions officials say no tickets matched all six numbers to claim the estimated $1 billion grand prize in Friday night's drawing.

Big money is on the line as the Powerball and Mega Million jackpots continue to grow without a lucky victor in sight.

The Mega Millions' odds were lowered a year ago to 1-in-303 million from 1-in-259 million, to generate larger prizes.

The next Mega Millions draw will be on Tuesday, after no one hit all of the numbers of 15, 23, 53, 65, 70 and the Mega Ball 7 during Friday night's draw.

On Friday, that would be a total of $565 million before taxes, according to the Mega Millions website.

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No information about the Knoxville victor is available until the prize is claimed. The second-largest jackpot was a $1.586 billion Powerball drawing on January 13, 2016.

The current jackpot been growing since July, when some California office workers won $543 million.

Estaban ended up plunking down $10 apiece on Mega Millions and Powerball tickets at Carlton Cards in Penn Station, which sells an average of $246,000 in tickets a week, the most in NY state, according to data obtained by USA Today.

The nation's largest lottery jackpots have now rolled for a few months. United Kingdom players can win a separate prize by betting on the numbers.

The spike in the Mega Millions ticket price, from $1 to to $2, brought a major change to the starting amount.

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