What happens if you win Mega Millions' $1.6B jackpot?

The top prize for Tuesday night's Mega Millions drawing will be the largest lottery jackpot in US history

MIKE STEWART APThe top prize for Tuesday night's Mega Millions drawing will be the largest lottery jackpot in US history

The latest Mega Millions jackpot has soared to $1.6 billion dollars, making it the largest prize in USA lottery history.

Wednesday's Powerball is at $620 million and Tuesday's Mega Millions is up to $1.6 billion, but that money goes more places than just the victor.

The Mega Millions website briefly crashed yesterday ahead of the drawing due to a surge in visitors, said a spokeswoman for the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency, which administers the website.

Mega Millions tickets are $2 and are sold in 44 states, Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Cornelius Nelan, a math professor at Quinnipiac University in CT, notes the odds are about the same as rolling a die and getting a one, 11 times in a row.

The Mega Millions jackpot is now up to a whopping $1.6 billion.

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"Even though the odds are against me, I still have that one hopeful chance, not going to lie", says James Howard, student at Truckee Meadows Community College.

A total of 250 coupons for free plays will be given away on a first-come, first-served basis Tuesday morning, according to the Kentucky Lottery. Despite huge interest and a surge of ticket sales, no one has yet won.

Mega Millions may have to change its name to Mega Billions.

That victor received a jackpot of $28 million - a small amount compared to this week's jackpot. There is also a healthy debate among investors about whether the victor should accept the $1.6bn over 30 annual payments, or take a lump sum payment of around $905 million.

For Mega Millions, players choose six numbers: five from a range of white balls, numbered 1 to 70, and one number for the Mega Ball, with a range of 1 to 25.

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"It's got just as much chances as any other combination". However, only seven states let you buy individual Mega Millions tickets online.

The chance of winning both lotteries is one in 88 quadrillion, which is 88 followed by 15 zeroes!

With office pools being a popular way to play, an attorney offered advice to ensure that if your group does win that you don't get shut out.

DES MOINES, Iowa For all the anticipation about whether someone will finally snag the big Mega Millions and Powerball jackpots, the games come down to two things: simple math - and very long odds. The largest single prize went to a 2017 player from MA who celebrated a $US758.7 million Powerball payday.

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