In California, for example, the lottery on Thursday sold US$5.7 million in Mega Millions tickets during the first half of the day.
"It's hard to overstate how exciting this is - but now it's really getting fun", said Gordon Medenica, lead director of the Mega Millions Group and director of Maryland Lottery and Gaming.
Don't throw away your ticket if you didn't match all six numbers on Friday's drawing.
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The 24 semi-weekly Mega Millions draws have failed to produce a top victor since July 24, when an 11-member office pool in Santa Clara County, California, hit a $543 million jackpot. MA residents have the biggest taste for playing the odds, spending nearly $763 per year on lottery tickets, the study found.
If a single ticket victor chooses the cash option for Tuesday's jackpot they'll walk away with a lump of about$904 million. In doing so, Powerball changed the odds of winning the jackpot from one in 175 million to one in 292.2 million. Officials at that time also increased the chances of winning small prizes.
Tickets cost $2 each, and players choose five numbers between one and 70 and an extra number between one and 25.
No one won the latest Mega Millions drawing, meaning the jackpot climbs to a staggering $1.6 billion (Dh5.8 million approx).
The odds of winning the Mega Millions jackpot are one in 302,575,350, but the odds of winning any of the lesser prizes are one in 24. "I wish I would've got in line". There's another chance to become America's newest billionaire.