Live results for $450M Mega Millions drawing on 01/05/18

Live results for $450M Mega Millions drawing on 01/05/18

The jackpot for Mega Millions is this high because prices went from $1 to $2 a ticket in October.

Lunchtime at the Riverside Travel Center here sees a lot of in-and-out traffic, and today most of the vehicles in the parking lot had MS license plates. More numbers were added to the twice-weekly drawings to make the lottery tougher to win.

Those unclaimed prizes range from $31 million for a ticket purchased in Queens, New York in August of 2006, to $77 million for a winning ticket purchased in Georgia in June 2011.

You could probably buy a small island, but then you'd have to build an airstrip and buy a plane to get in and out, so that would eat up so much of your winnings that you'd probably have to sell the island because you couldn't afford the real-estate taxes.

Well, no one has won the Mega Millions lottery jackpot since the new rules were put in place (unless someone did last night) and now the top prize has risen to more than $400 million. At the same time, one MS lawmaker is promising something that could be more valuable than a winning ticket: an attempt at getting a lottery started in that state.

The odds of a single ticket hitting all six numbers in the Powerball are 292 million to 1, according to the Multi-State Lottery Association. The biggest Mega Millions jackpot was in 2012, when three winners split $656 million. Spread the money around.

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Saturday's Powerball jackpot is the eighth largest lottery prize ever.

The Mega Millions and Powerball jackpots hover around and exceed the $500 million mark.

Even some winning instant scratch-off game tickets are never handed in to claim a prize, Jacobson said. Players now pick numbers from 1 to 70 and a Mega number between 1 and 25.

Whichever option the lucky winners choose, the United States taxman will also do well from the deal, who will take around 37% of the winning lump sum.

But the odds of winning?

I would never have been too proud to take home a mere $15 million.

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