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Locals hopeful as Mega Millions reaches a billion dollars

Locals hopeful as Mega Millions reaches a billion dollars

The numbers drawn are 65-53-23-15-70 and the Mega Ball was 7. Winning the Mega Millions and the Powerball and raking in more than $2 billion is even more unlikely: The odds are 1 in 88 quadrillion.

The new jackpot breaks the record for a USA lottery prize, which was set in 2016 when the Powerball jackpot reached $1.58 billion.

Here's what to do if you're looking to win the jackpot. One ticket purchased in California matched the five white balls and Mega ball to win on July 24.

'It's hard to overstate how exciting this is - but now it's really getting fun.' Mega Millions tickets are sold in 44 states, Washington DC and the US Virgin Islands.

"We passed the jackpot sign and saw the '6-5-4, ' " Lucas told lottery officials after claiming his prize at lottery headquarters in Raleigh Tuesday, according to an NC Education Lottery news release.

People with dreams of quitting their jobs or donating to charity have been lining up at retail stores in recent days to buy lottery tickets for the $1 billion Mega Millions jackpot, despite the odds.

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Don't throw away your ticket if you didn't match all six numbers on Friday's drawing.

Last October, Mega Millions introduced a $3 ticket option, which gives players two chances at the jackpot. There were NO Mega Millions winners in the state of California.

So why do the jackpots keep growing to such astronomical figures?

You can travel to the U.S. to buy a Mega Millions ticket: All visitors to the USA are permitted to purchase a ticket and do not have to be United States residents. Winners in Kansas, Illinois and Maryland shared that jackpot.

Friday's prize is second only to a Powerball worth $1.5 billion that was won by 3 tickets on January 13, 2016. That means roughly $904 million in your pocket before state and federal taxes.

Each Powerball ticket is $2.