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$1 BILLION! Mega Millions jackpot climbs to record high

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Fri, Oct 19th 2018 06:45 pm
The estimated annuity value of the jackpot for tonight's Mega Millions drawing has been increased to $1 billion. This is the largest jackpot in the game's history and the second time a lottery jackpot has reached $1 billion. In 2016, Powerball had a $1.586 billion prize. The cash value of the jackpot is $565.6 million.
The previous record jackpot in Mega Millions was a $656 million prize that was shared by winners from Kansas, Illinois and Maryland in March 2012. 
Tickets for Friday's night's drawing can be purchased until 10:45 p.m. The live drawing will be televised at 11 p.m.
A Mega Millions prize of any amount may be claimed up to one year from the date of the drawing.
NY Mega Millions Fast Facts
  • $6.82 billion - Total ticket sales in New York since NY's first Mega Millions draw in 2002.
  • $2.389 billion - Total New York Aid to Education generated by Mega Millions ticket sales.
  • 36 - Number of New York Mega Millions Jackpot winners since 2002.
  • $3.192 billion - Amount paid to those 36 winners.
  • $326 million - Largest Mega Millions jackpot won by a New York resident.
  • $405.1 million - Amount won by 1,549 second prize winners.
  • 10:45 p.m. - Time that ticket sales ends tonight.
  • $2 - Ticket price.
  • 1- First Mega Millions jackpot of $1 billion. Previous high was $656 million in 2012.

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