Massachusetts Powerball player wins $1 million

by Ben Pena October 19, 2018, 8:57
Massachusetts Powerball player wins $1 million

The Mega Millions jackpot for Friday's drawing stands at $900 million - that's the second largest lottery jackpot in US history.

No one had a ticket with the winning numbers picked in Wednesday night's Powerball drawing.

"The lottery officials who run Mega Millions tweaked the rules and odds of the game in October a year ago to make jackpots pay out less frequently, spurring their monster growth", Ascienzo, who has studied lottery ticket purchase data from 2012 to 2018, tells FOX Business.

The Florida Lottery is issuing a warning about an email scam claiming to be from Mega Millions.

The odds of winning the Powerball jackpot are 1 in 292 million. Most winners take the cash option, which would pay an immediate $513 million.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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Two big jackpots at the same time, says Smithfield News owner Kashif Malik, adds up to more ticket buyers.

No one has matched all six numbers and won the Mega Millions grand prize since July 24.

Saturday's jackpot will be $430 million. The next Mega Millions drawing is Friday, October 19, at 11 p.m. ET.

Since Mega Millions modified the formula, players now pick five numbers from 1 to 70 and a Mega number of 1 to 25. There are smaller prizes, from $2 up to $1 million, for matching some, but not all, numbers.

For an extra $1 you can get a "Power Play" ticket in which you can increase the amount of the smaller prizes, but not the grand prize.

For an additional $1 you can get a "Megaplier" ticket that will increase the amount of the smaller prizes, but not the grand prize.

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