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Mega Millions jackpot increases to $970 million

The Mega Millions jackpot inched closer to $1 billion after no one matched all six numbers during Tuesday night’s drawing.

The winning numbers were 10, 19, 26, 28, 50, and the Mega Ball of 16. Eleven tickets matched the first five numbers to win at least $1 million. The tickets were sold in Florida, California, Illinois, Kansas, Mississippi, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Washington.

No one has won the Mega Millions jackpot since September, when a player in Wisconsin won $120 million, officials said Wednesday in a statement. It is the longest Mega Millions has gone without a grand prize winner.

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The jackpot now stands at $970 million, the third largest prize in the game’s history, officials said. The next drawing is Friday.

The winner can choose between the $970 million annuity option, which is awarded over 30 years, or the $716.3 million cash option, which pays an immediate lump sum. Many typically choose the cash option, with about half of lottery winnings going toward tax.

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The odds of winning are 1 in 302,575,360 in the 45 states where the game is played, including Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands, according to Mega Millions officials.

Players have a chance at another big prize. The Powerball drawing is Wednesday night and $730 million is up for grabs.

Wilson Wong is a breaking news reporter with NBC News.

The Mega Millions jackpot rose to $970 million after Tuesday night's drawing was unsuccessful.

Mega Millions, Powerball jackpots have swelled to nearly $1.6B combined. Here’s how they stack up in US lottery history.

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Find your lucky numbers: Two of the biggest jackpots in U.S. lottery history have grown even larger ahead of this week’s drawings.

Mega Millions, with a projected $850 million jackpot — the third largest in lottery history and the game’s second largest ever — comes first on Tuesday night.

A projected $730 million will be up for grabs the next night in the Powerball drawing, the fourth largest jackpot in the game’s history and the sixth largest in U.S. history.

It has been nearly two years since a lottery jackpot has grown so large. No one has won either game’s top prize since September.

Both Mega Millions and Powerball will mark 35 drawings this week without a winner — for the Mega Millions, Tuesday’s roll surpasses the record number of drawings for the game.

Here’s how the current Mega Millions and Powerball jackpots, worth nearly a combined $1.6 billion, stack up to the top 10 in U.S. history:

  1. Powerball: $1.586 billion (Jan. 13, 2016; winning tickets sold in California, Florida and Tennessee)
  2. Mega Millions: $1.537 billion (Oct. 23, 2018; South Carolina)
  3. Mega Millions: $850 million (current)
  4. Powerball: $768.4 million (March 27, 2019; Wisconsin)
  5. Powerball: $758.7 million (Aug. 23, 2017; Massachusetts)
  6. Powerball: $730 million (current)
  7. Powerball: $687.8 million (Oct. 27, 2018; Iowa and New York)
  8. Mega Millions: $656 million (March 30, 2012; Illinois, Kansas and Maryland)
  9. Mega Millions: $648 million (Dec. 17, 2012; California and Georgia)
  10. Powerball: $590.5 million (May 18, 2013; Florida)

The jackpots promoted by both lotteries are the prize winnings of winners who take an annuity option, in which prizes are paid out over 30 years. Most winners opt for the cash option, now $628.2 million for Mega Millions and $546 million for Powerball.

Mega Millions and Powerball are both played in 45 states as well as Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Powerball also is offered in Puerto Rico.

Contributing: Jennie Key, Cincinnati Enquirer

Two of the biggest jackpots in U.S. lottery history, nearly $1.6B combined, are up for grabs this week after weekend drawings ended without winners. ]]>