$1 million Powerball ticket sold in New Jersey

Ivan Schwartz
October 19, 2018

Tuesday's Mega Millions winning numbers were 3, 45, 49, 61, 69 with a Mega Ball of 9 for a jackpot worth $667 million at the time.

Unfortunately, even as the big prize for Tuesday night's Mega Millions drawing increases to the fourth-largest in US history, the odds of matching all six numbers and winning the game don't improve.

And while ticket sales have largely contributed to its big cash stockpile, increasing 294 percent since the pot crossed the $550 million mark, according to data scientist David Ascienzo, there has also been a major tweak to the game that has caused jackpots to balloon in recent months. They say the estimated cash value for Friday's jackpot is $513 million.

The $970 million refers to the annuity option, paid over 29 years.

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That's exactly what happened when the Mega Millions jackpot surpassed its previous 2012 record of $656 million after no ticket matched all six numbers drawn on Tuesday, leaving the prize money up for the taking this Friday, lottery officials said.

On October 8, an Elizabethtown woman won a $1 million Mega Millions prize.

Powerball is now at an estimated $430 million and Hoosier Lotto is an estimated $18.8 million.

The odds of winning a jackpot remain abysmal at 1 in 302 million for Mega Millions and 1 in 292.2 million for Powerball.

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