Published: Fri, October 19, 2018
Money | By Armando Alvarado

$1M Powerball ticket sold in Lexington; Saturday's jackpot grows to $430M

$1M Powerball ticket sold in Lexington; Saturday's jackpot grows to $430M

Dreams of being a billionaire are now in reach, thanks to the Mega Millions.

In fact, this July when Mega Millions paid its last jackpot, it was worth more than $543 million, which is the ninth-largest jackpot in USA history.

For comparison, MI players bought 3.8 million tickets for Tuesday night's drawing - with 2.6 million purchased on Tuesday alone - when the jackpot was $667 million.

The $970 million refers to the annuity option, paid over 29 years. The cash option, which is favored by almost all winners, is $372 million.

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Excitement had already mounted earlier this week as many speculated whether the Mega Millions jackpot would hit a new record high.

"Everyone is talking about the jackpot and running out to buy tickets for tonight's drawing", Gordon Medenica, Mega Millions lead director and Maryland Lottery and Gaming director, said in a press release about Tuesday night's suspense.

On October 8, an Elizabethtown woman won a $1 million Mega Millions prize. And one of those, sold in Texas, had the Megaplier option, available in most states for an extra $1. The next drawing will be Fri., Oct.19, 2018.

Unfortunately, even as the big prize for Tuesday night's Mega Millions drawing increases to the fourth-largest in US history, the odds of matching all six numbers and winning the game don't improve.

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