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It will be the largest jackpot in the game's history and the second largest in the USA lottery jackpot history.

Meanwhile, the Powerball jackpot for Saturday's' drawing stands at an estimated annuity of $345 million.

"In the 7 o'clock hour, we were selling 7,600 tickets per minute, and between 6 and 7 p.m., we sold 450,000 tickets statewide", noted Johnson from the Lottery.

A single victor in New York City who opts for the US$548m cash jackpot would only bring home about half that much, US$276m, after all taxes are paid, according to calculations by H&R Block, a USA tax services company.

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Mega Millions jackpots have been won three other times this year already - a $451 million win on January 5 in Florida, a $533 million win on March 30 in New Jersey, and a $142 million win on May 4 in Ohio. The next drawing is Friday.

Each of the 24 twice-weekly drawings have failed to produce a top victor since July 24, when an 11-member office pool in Santa Clara County, California, hit a $543,000,000 (£417,000,000) jackpot. The Illinois Lottery is planning to give away 970 tickets outside the Thompson Center in downtown Chicago from 10 a.m.to 1 p.m. If someone wins the $970 million Mega Millions jackpot, and they choose the lump sum payout they win $548.6 million - a lot of money, but still quite a reduction.

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Its jackpot has ballooned to $900 million for Friday's drawing - the second largest in USA lottery history and the biggest in the game's history- after yielding no winners since the end of July.

If it's a prize under $600 the player can claim it at any store that sells lottery tickets. The next Powerball drawing is Saturday. That is if you're numbers are called.

The odds of winning the LOTTO MAX are 1 in 28 million. FALSE. Your odds of winning remain the same whether one person plays the game or a trillion.

He anticipated the possibility that the grand prize would increase again before the next drawing and, boy, was he right.

The jackpot goes to a victor who matches the five numbers and the Powerball number.

Since Mega Millions modified the formula, players now pick five numbers from 1 to 70 and a Mega number of 1 to 25.