Mega Millions jackpot is now so big !

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No one won the latest Mega Millions drawing on Friday night, meaning the jackpot climbs to a staggering $1.6 billion on Tuesday. All, for six numbers, but who will guess them next time ? The jackpot has been growing since July, when a group of California office workers won $543 million. “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,” said Gordon Medenica, Lead Director of the Mega Millions Group and Director of Maryland Lottery and Gaming. Friday, lottery officials said there were 15 ‘second-tier’ winning tickets of at least $1 million. The winning chance for the jackpot is now one in 302.5 million.

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Mega Millions is played in 44 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. Virgin Islands. If the winner goes with the one-time cash option they will receive nearly $905 million. The federal government takes 25% before the check is handed to the winner, and collects remaining taxes when due. Most states also tax lottery winnings.

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