The Mega Millions jackpot beat its own record once again after no ticket matched all the six numbers in the drawing Tuesday night. They are among the 2,191,856 people across the country who won prizes after Wednesday's drawing, majority winning the lowest possible prize of $4, according to the Powerball.
Friday's Mega Millions along with Wednesday's Powerball jackpot, which stands at $345 million, are worth more than a cool billion dollars.
Mega Millions is played in 44 states, plus Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Ascienzo also says while lottery jackpots are overwhelming played by low-income Americans, ticket sales tend to hit a tipping point because higher-income Americans are drawn to the higher jackpots as well.
The all-time highest Mega Millions jackpot is now even bigger.
"I can't recall quite a similar situation in recent years", PA Lottery spokesperson Jeffrey Johnson told KDKA money editor Jon Delano on Thursday.
With no winners for Wednesday's drawing, the Powerball is now worth an estimated $430 million for Saturday's drawing. The changes made it less likely that any given ticket will win the top prize, but they increased chances of winning smaller prizes.
The odds of winning the Powerball jackpot are 1 in 292 million. It will be the largest jackpot in the game's history and the second largest in the United States lottery jackpot history. The next Mega Millions drawing is Friday, October 19, at 11 p.m. ET. That reflects the game's long odds, at one in 302.5 million. There are smaller prizes, from $2 up to $1 million, for matching some, but not all, numbers. Players get five numbers from 1 to 70 and one Mega number between 1 and 25.
For an additional $1 you can get a "Megaplier" ticket that will increase the amount of the smaller prizes, but not the grand prize. The Powerball number was 15. They are getting too powerful.