- There were no jackpot winners in Friday night's Mega Millions drawing that reached $1 billion.
The previous record Mega Millions jackpot was 656 million dollars, which was shared by winners in three USA states in March 2012. The Powerball record jackpot was $1.586 billion, split between three winning tickets.
The victor can opt for an immediate cash payment of $565.6 million or receive the $1 billion prize over 29 years.
Because no Mega Millions winners emerged, the next scheduled drawing on Tuesday was projected to be worth a record $1.6 billion.
Material from the Associated Press was used in this report. This made a Mega Millions ticket a one in 24 chance of being a victor of some amount when it used to be one in 14.7 odds.
"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.
The current Mega Millions jackpot has been growing since July, when a group of California office workers won $543m.
Last October, Mega Millions introduced a $3 ticket option, which gives players two chances at the jackpot.
A single winning ticket would be eligible for a cash payout of $268.6 million. There have been 25 consecutive drawings without a victor, Mega Millions said.
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The cash option is $565 million, according to Mega Millions.