United States lottery jackpots climb to $2.2 billion combined after no winners

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The jackpot offered to a victor of Mega Millions, one of two major lottery games played across the U.S., was $40m in July.

The financial website The Motley Fool says the chance of someone winning the Mega Millions jackpot is 1 in 302,575,350.

Lottery fever continues to spread across Michiana in anticipation of Tuesday night's Mega Millions drawing. It could happen as soon as Tuesday night, when the next drawing is held.

The $1.6 billion jackpot surpasses the former all-time record, set by a Powerball drawing in January 2016, which rose to $1.586 billion. However, only seven states let you buy individual Mega Millions tickets online.

After sundry federal and state taxes and fees, the victor can expected to get about 60 per cent of the payout if he or she accepts it in one lumpsum, instead of the option of taking it in equal installments over 30 years.

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Jean Pierre fills out several Mega Millions lottery tickets for purchase at a convenience store Monday in Orlando, Fla.

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Businesses like Stange's Quick Serve on Birney Avenue in Scranton will no doubt be busy on Tuesday selling tickets for the massive Mega Millions lottery. It is 1 in 292,201,338. When so many people rush to play as a jackpot soars, the chances increase that two or three tickets - of the millions of tickets sold - will match.

The winning numbers are 28, 70, 5, 62, 65.

Koppy said the $1.6 billion jackpot is a world-record high and only the second time a lottery jackpot has reached over $1 billion.

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Mega Millions tickets are sold in 44 US states, the District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands.

People have come up with "strategies" to win, which including driving a distance to play at a lucky location, but the most common strategy is number picking. If it seems like these astronomical numbers are happening more frequently, it's because they are.

Powerball has climbed since there was a victor in NY on August 11.

In California, $267 million has been collected in Mega Millions sales over the past 25 rolls.

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