Mega Millions jackpot hits $1.6bn, thanks to worsening odds

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Bloniarz is one of the many first-time players of Mega Millions who was purchasing a ticket Monday.

At Holiday gas station in Escanaba, the business sold over $700 in Mega Million tickets by 1 p.m. Monday, according to Assistant Manager Shannon Thompson. Tonight's Mega Millions drawing will be at 11 p.m.

What's my payout if I win?

Many customers are playing Mega Millions due to the the game's record $1.6 billion jackpot.

Tuesday's Mega Millions drawing and Wednesday's scheduled Powerball drawing have been highly anticipated because of the size of the jackpots.

She described the Mega Millions ticket sales as "crazy" with all the interest. The jackpot from Tuesday drawing has swelled to $1.6 billion.

"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 and director of Maryland Lottery and Gaming, said about Tuesday's drawing.

"It's been insane because of the tickets", Henderson said. Their first decision is whether to take the cash option, which would be $904 million, or an annuity, with one initial payment and annual installments over 29 years. "Like today ... every single sale I've had has literally had a Mega Millions ticket attached to it".

He was buying a ticket with Eliseo Garcia of DePue after they had just cast their early votes at Spring Valley City Hall.

"I got everything I need", he said while buying a ticket Monday morning from the Spring Valley Mini-Market.

"I have no idea", Garcia said about what'd he buy if he wins. On Friday, he said about 3,300 tickets were sold, and the line wrapped through the aisles of the store.

"The important thing is you have to make sure that you pay attention to the inventory, and if you do that, you'll be surprised at what it'll do for you down the road", said Musto, Musto Tax and Insurance Services.

"One ticket was $650,000 the one time, so lots of good lucky people", Vermac said.