Players on edge for record $1.6 billion jackpot in Mega Millions drawing

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Tickets sold for Tuesday's drawing are expected to cover 75 per cent of all possible number combinations, he said.

Winners in Maryland have 182 days after the drawing date to claim their prize.

No residents in Arizona became overnight billionaires this weekend, but at least one lucky person will be able to cash in their Powerball ticket for a cool $1 million.

The jackpot offered to a victor of Mega Millions, one of two major lottery games played across the United States, was $40m in July.

The biggest quirk starts with this fact: The advertised $1.6 billion Mega Millions prize - the world's largest ever lottery jackpot - and $620 million Powerball prize aren't quite real.

"I'm going to be 70", said Hasenkopf. He said he doesn't really understand all the excitement and thought it a little odd that more people come in when the jackpot reaches these record high numbers.

As a regular lottery player, he said he buys more tickets when the jackpot is higher.

"Almost every customer seems to buying them", said Alecia Cardle, a cashier at Kwik Trip in Lincoln Park. And the top income tax rate is 37 percent, so I'd have to pay the difference between the two rates as well.

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Lottery players will also have another shot at massive jackpot on Wednesday night, when the next Powerball drawing is held.

The Mega Millions grand prize has rolled over again, and the payout for Tuesday night's drawing is now $1.6 billion, with a lump sum payout of $904 million.

"You'll have relatives you've never heard of popping up or people who one time angered you might be suing you", Weed said.

And if you do win you won't get your money right away, lottery officials say payment usually varies by state, but a week or two is pretty common.

If it seems like lottery jackpots are getting larger and larger, it's because they are getting larger and larger.

But there are some quirks and surprises about the math equations that likely will soon vault someone into stratospheric wealth after the jackpots grew for months without a victor.

The last time somebody hit the Mega Millions was July 24, when an office pool in Silicon Valley won the $543 million jackpot. For himself, he would buy a house in the San Diego area and replace his old pickup with a new one in his preferred color, red.

Mega Millions is played in 44 states, as well as Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands. For the others, the state takes a bite, especially in NY, where a victor would need to pay a state tax of 8.8 percent.

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