Mega Millions vaults to $1.6 billion drawing for Tuesday

A Mega Millions lottery ticket rested on the shop counter at the Street Corner Market on Wednesday in Cincinnati

The buyer purchased the Megaplier feature, which boosted the value of the ticket from the usual $1 million to $5 million.

Don't count on making a deposit for anywhere close to $1.6 billion if you win the Tuesday night drawing.

It would be the largest lottery prize in USA history - and is bound to continue growing - and joins five other top 10 drawings in the last three years. In California, for example, the lottery Thursday sold $5.7 million in Mega Millions tickets during the first half of the day.

Tonya Jimenez, assistant manager at Beavers Market in Fort Collins, Colorado, said all three registers were going Saturday, a day after the store sold 220 tickets. "They don't know what to do".

No one has won the Mega Millions jackpot since July 24, when a group of 11 workers in California split $543 million.

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It costs $2 to play the game. "I am a cancer survivor ... a 15-years-yesterday cancer survivor, and I would probably do a lot of volunteer work with other people who went through what I went through", Tarbis said.

"For one, I got a kid who's gonna be college-bound soon".

Mega Millions is played in 44 states, Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

In October 2017, Mega Millions cut the odds of winning from one in 259 million to one in 302.5 million, following a similar move by Powerball.

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