No one won the latest Mega Millions drawing, meaning the jackpot climbs to a staggering $1.6 billion.
The next drawing will be on Tuesday night.
Lottery grows to second largest in USA history; Jacqui Heinrich reports from New York City on ticket sales.
The previous record Mega Millions jackpot was $656 million, which was shared by winners in Kansas, Illinois and here in Maryland on March 30th, 2012. North Dakotans are on the opposite end of the spectrum, spending about $44 per year on the lottery, or the lowest average figure among residents of all 50 states.
Winners who want the money in a lump sum can opt for the cash option of about $905 million.
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In 2016, a $1.58 billion Powerball prize was split three ways by ticket holders from California, Florida and Tennessee. With the potential to become a billionaire on the line, many people are clamoring for the next drawing.
Those "second-tier" winning tickets are worth at least $1 million. The federal government takes 25% before the check is handed to the victor, and collects remaining taxes when due.
Still, many secondary prizes need to be claimed, some ranging as high as a million dollars.
The Mega Millions jackpot has been growing since July, when a group of 11 California office workers won $543 million. Since Tuesday, about $400 million has been added to the pot.
Mega Millions lead director Gordon Medenica called it "uncharted territory".