Mega Millions officials said no tickets matched all six numbers to claim the estimated $1 billion grand prize in Friday night's draw. With the potential to become a billionaire on the line, many people are clamoring for the next drawing.
It's the largest Mega Millions prize in the game's history.
Medenica told The Post that about 57 percent of the possible number combinations were purchased in advance of Friday's drawing and that it was an "extremely pleasant surprise" there was no victor. And can you imagine how long it would take you to check the numbers on 302 million tickets? That is taller than any skyscraper in the United States including New York City's 1 World Trade Center, which reaches 1,792 feet (546 meters) at its tip.
The estimated cash option for next drawing will be $905 million. That's an incredible amount of money, but compared to the Mega Millions prize hovering around $1.6 billion, it barely seems worth the bother of buying a ticket.
USA lottery winnings are taxable at the federal level, unlike in many other countries, while some states also impose local taxes. Further taxes will be required after that, and all 50 states have some form of lottery tax as well.
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More than 508,700 players won prizes ranging from $2 to $1,000,000 in this Mega Millions drawing.
The winning numbers drawn Friday were 15-23-53-65-70.
The current jackpot been growing since July, when some California office workers won $543 million. Since Tuesday, about $400 million has been added to the pot.
McGaha said he plays the lottery at least once a week and played earlier in the week when the jackpot had soared to almost $670 million. The mega number is 7.