Mega Millions jackpot grows to $1.6 billion after nobody won Friday’s drawing

It’s the largest jackpot in US lottery history

Mega Millions jackpot grows to $1.6 billion after nobody won Friday’s drawing
A digital billboard along I-90/94 highway in Chicago, displays the estimated Mega Millions jackpot for Friday, Oct. 19, 2018. The jackpot has now soared to $1.6 billion. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh) (Source: Nam Y. Huh)

(RNN) - The Mega Millions jackpot has now swelled to $1.6 billion after nobody bought a winning ticket for the Friday night drawing.

According to the Mega Millions website, it’s now the single largest jackpot in U.S. lottery history, slightly eclipsing the previous record holder, a 2016 Powerball jackpot of $1.586 billion, which was shared by winners in California, Florida and Tennessee.

The winning numbers for Friday’s record $1 billion Mega Millions jackpot were 65, 53, 23, 15, 70 and the 7 Mega Ball.

No one has won the jackpot since late July, and the increasingly eye-popping grand prize has caused a frenzy across the nation as people dream of instant riches.

The next drawing will be Tuesday, Oct. 23.

Jackpot winners have a choice to make: cash or annuity. Those who take the cash will receive a one-time lump-sum equal to all the cash in the prize pool.

The cash option for Friday night’s drawing was estimated at $565 million. It’s estimated at $904 million for next Tuesday’s drawing.

Those who opt for the annuity will get an immediate payment and then yearly payments for 29 years.

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For those who missed out, the current Powerball jackpot has also grown to a healthy $470 million.

No one matched the winning Powerball numbers Wednesday night, so the jackpot jumped. The next drawing is Saturday night.

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