Sales are brisk as Mega Millions jackpot hits $1.6 billion

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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.

One person who bought a Mega Millions ticket at a store in Oak Forest for Friday's jackpot is now $1 million richer. That means the top prize has now risen to an estimated $1.6 billion. McIntyre noted one Bay Stater asked about New Hampshire's lack of a state income tax as somehow a factor in their ticket strategy.

Here's what you should know before next week's Mega Millions drawing.

It costs $2 to play the game, but the odds of winning the jackpot aren't good.

No one has won the Mega Millions jackpot since July 24, when a group of 11 workers in California split $543 million. The odds of being struck by lightning in any given year are one in 1.17 million. For this drawing, the lump sum option will yield $565.6 million.

There were no immediate reports of any winning tickets being sold.

The $1.6 billion estimated jackpot would be the largest prize in USA history.

That's right. Mega Millions "entered historic territory" Saturday after officials confirmed there were no winners for Friday's drawing. The estimated jackpot for Friday's drawing has soared to $1 billion.

While they came short, they join 13 other winners that could be awarded at least $1 million after matching five of six numbers (not the Mega Ball). "If you don't get all the numbers, like if you don't win the jackpot but you win some of the numbers, then it doubles your winnings", Sandra Carpenter said.