Sales are brisk as Mega Millions jackpot hits $1.6 billion

A newstand billboard advertising tickets for the lottery

About 280 million tickets sold in Friday's drawing, none matching the winning mix of 7, 15, 23, 53, 65 and 70 to claim an estimated prize of $1 billion.

A drawing was held on Saturday for a Powerball jackpot worth an estimated $470 million.

The Mega Millions and Powerball jackpots are now at a combined $2.22 billion, as bettors with big dreams hope the total soars even higher before this week's drawings. The next Mega Millions drawing is Tuesday with the jackpot expected to exceed the USA record of $1.6 billion.

Because no Mega Millions winners emerged, the next scheduled drawing on Tuesday was projected to be worth a record $1.6 billion.

It costs $2 to play the game.

Its jackpot rose on Friday to £360 million ($470m) from £329 million ($430m), with a lump sum value of £205 million ($268.6m).

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And that figure has recently hit a six-year high of $779 billion for the fiscal year that ended September 30. President Trump argues the growth in Chinese exports to the U.S. has destroyed American jobs.

The $2 million victor has not yet claimed their prize.

From July 27 through October 16, Mega Millions sales in North Carolina raised an estimated $10.6 million for education, the lottery site said.

The lucky player matched all five white numbers drawn but was just one number shy of the jackpot.

The Mega Millions jackpot hasn't been hit since July 24th when 11 workers in California split a prize of $543 million.

If more than one victor is picked, the jackpot would be divided proportionately, as happened when the previous Mega Millions record of £502 million ($656m) was drawn in March 2012 and was shared by winners in Kansas, Illinois and Maryland, a lottery official said.

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