East TN Powerball player wins $2 million, jackpot rises to $620 million

Friday's Mega Millions jackpot soars to $1 billion

No Mega Millions winner, jackpot climbs to $1.6 billion

The Mega Millions top prize of $1.6 billion has a cash payout option of $904 million, but both can grow depending on the volume of ticket sales.

But with Mega Millions at a United States record $1.6 billion, you could say Powerball's potential payout after Saturday's drawing is just a measly $476 million.

From July 27 through October 16, Mega Millions sales in North Carolina raised an estimated $10.6 million for education, the lottery site said.

Tickets are $2 and players choose five numbers from 1 to 69 and one Powerball number from 1 to 26.

N.C. officials said that in this past Tuesday's drawing, 93,726 tickets sold in North Carolina won a prize, ranging from $2 to $10,000.

The nation's largest lottery jackpots have now rolled for a few months.

As for the main jackpot, it is now up to $1.6 billion.

In Florida and Tennessee, two people won $2 million, while seven others took home $1 million in seven other states including Indiana.

That is partly by design.

Leaders of the US lottery industry, which generates about $80 billion in annual revenue, have experimented with different rules and marketing strategies as they have encountered falling interest among millennials, who are used to the almost-instant gratification of online games and social media.

If you've got a lotto itch, Mega Millions and Powerball tickets are now $2 each and can be purhcased in 44 states, Washington D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

If more than one victor is picked, the jackpot would be divided proportionately, as happened when the previous Mega Millions record of £502 million ($656m) was drawn in March 2012 and was shared by winners in Kansas, Illinois and Maryland, a lottery official said.

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