No one won the latest Mega Millions drawing, meaning the jackpot is now a staggering $1.6 billion. The $1.6 billion estimated jackpot would be the largest prize in USA history. The excitement was already at a fever pitch for Friday's $878 million jackpot, but Mega Millions reported that no winning tickets were sold.
The Tennessee Education Lottery has raised more than $4.7 billion for specific education programs in Tennessee, including college scholarships and after-school programs, according to lottery officials. According to a report by CNN, if a victor is chosen and they take the one-time lump sum pay-out option, they will receive about $905 million all at once.
Ticket sales peak on Tuesdays and Fridays, the days of lottery drawings.
Mega Millions also made it easier to win across its nine game levels.
Good news! There's another chance to become America's newest billionaire. That's an incredible amount of money, but compared to the Mega Millions prize hovering around $1.6 billion, it barely seems worth the bother of buying a ticket.
Still, many secondary prizes need to be claimed, some ranging as high as a million dollars.
The winning numbers on Friday were 65-53-23-15-70 and the Mega Ball was 7.
The next drawing is at 11 p.m.
Last October, Mega Millions introduced a $3 ticket option, which gives players two chances at the jackpot.
The Mega Millions jackpot has been growing since July, when a group of California office workers won $543 million. But the ever-increasing jackpots have left them ever-more dependent on those massive payouts because prizes that once seemed so enormous now seem nearly puny in comparison.
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).