Two Houston-area tickets sold worth millions in Mega Millions

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The Powerball pot is $430 million, and the top Mega Millions prize is a cool Dr. Evil-approved $1 billion.

There were 15 winning tickets worth at least $1 million (£760,000), but no one matched all six numbers.

Five tickets won $10,000 apiece, bought at a 7-Eleven in Woodbridge, a Rite Aid in Arlington, a Sunrise Family Market in Exmore, a 7-Eleven in Richmond and a Kroger in Roanoke.

Don't count on making a deposit for anywhere close to $1.6 billion if you win the Tuesday night drawing.

Mega Millions is played in 44 states, Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Mega Millions began life as the Big Game multi-state lottery in 1996. All players choose their option at the time of their ticket purchase.

The present value used to derive the lump sum amount is based upon a conservative estimate of a return on investment.

The annuity does not continue to pay out in the event of the winner's untimely demise. "It's the second largest ever".

In January 2016, winning tickets from California, Florida and Tennessee shared a $1.6bn Powerball jackpot.

Lucas beat odds of 1 in 1.2 million, according to the lottery's website.

In October 2017, Mega Millions cut the odds of winning from one in 259 million to one in 302.5 million, following a similar move by Powerball.

"You can't win if you don't play", he joked.

Even if your number doesn't happen to come up, take heart.

You're not being rational if you think you have a good chance of winning the jackpot, whether it's with one ticket or 100.

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