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.
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.