Jay Finks, spokesman for the Oklahoma Lottery Commission, said lottery ticket sales are reaching a "fever pitch" across the state because of the historic Mega Millions jackpot combined with a sizeable Powerball jackpot. Virgin Islands. An entry into the drawing costs $1. At its inception, only six states participated in drawings, but that number quickly grew. Now, it was recently announced that there was no victor for the prize, and that the jackpot amount will be going up to $1.6 billion.
Even when a victor is eventually announced, it could still take a while before we find out their identity (if ever.) The time they have to claim their prize varies by the state. With no jackpot winners, McGaha was back Friday.
The Mega Millions cash option gives the victor an estimated $905 million. The lump sum represents the present value of the jackpot. It is quite likely that with proper financial planning, a lump sum victor could have an amount that exceeds the published jackpot value after 30 years. One person won $20,000 from a ticket sold at Cumberland Farms in Scarborough, with 34,211 other ticket holders taking home a total of $180,588 in prizes.
Friday's prize is second only to a Powerball worth $1.5 billion that was won by 3 tickets on January 13, 2016.
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Rohit said smaller winning payouts of $5,000 and $10,000 had been sold at the store previously, but this was the first time a $1 million winning payout was sold there. McIntyre welcomes the attention, but the jackpot soaring to $1 billion has proven problematic in one sense: at least two billboards that advertise the jackpot ran out of digits. The chance of matching all six numbers is one in 302.5 million.
It is not yet known if there are any winning tickets.
The numbers have been drawn for Saturday's estimated $470 million Powerball jackpot.