Sales are brisk as Mega Millions jackpot hits $1.6 billion

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One lucky Bronx resident is all smiles today because they are one of the lucky winners of the Mega Million lottery jackpot. The chance of matching all six numbers and taking home the grand prize is one in 302.5 million.

The next Mega Millions draw will be held on Tuesday. That would stop the streak of 25 rollovers, most recently on Friday night. "But it's hard to fathom", Ms Gentry said.

But, although there were 15 second-tier winning tickets of at least $1 million across nine states, nobody won the jackpot - putting the prize for Tuesday's draw at a record $1.6 billion.

The Mega Millions' odds were lowered a year ago to 1-in-303 million from 1-in-259 million, to generate larger prizes.

The current jackpot beats the previous record, a $1.586 billion jackpot for a Powerball drawing in 2016, said Seth Elkin, a spokesman for Mega Millions.

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The $1.6 billion estimated jackpot would be the largest prize in US history.

Tonya Jimenez, assistant manager at Beavers Market in Fort Collins, Colorado, said all three registers were going Saturday, a day after the store sold 220 tickets.

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 £415million ($543m) jackpot. Many hopefuls haven't played before.

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 wouldn't be surprised if it gets hit", Gentry said. The game is played in 44 states, Puerto Rico, Washington D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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