Lottery Jackpots Continue to Grow

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In that time 26 people have won $1 million for matching every number but the Powerball.

The previous largest single jackpot of $758.7 million was won last year by Mavis Wanczyk, a 53-year-old mother of two from MA. The estimated jackpot for that drawing would tie the largest lottery prize in USA history.

"If sales are running ahead, we may take the jackpot up another notch", Mega Millions lead director Gordon Medenica told The Post.

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Since nobody won Friday's Mega Millions drawing for a $1 billion jackpot, the estimated prize Tuesday night will be a record $1.6 billion. The victor can also opt for a cash prize of more than $354 million, from which the federal government will take 25% right away, and more later.

As more tickets sell before the draw on Tuesday, chances grow that at least one buyer will pick all six winning numbers. Many hopefuls haven't played before.

The Mega Millions game, which was created in 2002, has seen changes over the years that have reduced the chances of winning, meaning bigger and bigger jackpots.

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The odds of winning the jackpot are about one in 302 million but, with so many tickets being purchased, the likelihood of rollover becomes increasingly slim.

The $2 million victor has not yet claimed their prize.

Estaban ended up plunking down $10 apiece on Mega Millions and Powerball tickets at Carlton Cards in Penn Station, which sells an average of $246,000 in tickets a week, the most in NY state, according to data obtained by USA Today.

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