No Mega Millions winner, jackpot climbs to $1.6 billion

Mega Millions lottery ticket, Photo Date: 10/12/2018 / Photo: Lauren Day / KMIR / (MGN)

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) No one won the latest Mega Millions drawing, meaning the jackpot climbs to a staggering $1.6 billion.

Mega Millions officials say no tickets matched all six numbers to claim the estimated $1 billion grand prize in Friday night's drawing. The numbers were 15, 23, 53, 65, 70 and Mega Ball 7.

The jackpot was generating Mega Millions sales Friday in Texas of $20,731 per second, Texas lottery officials said.

"The excitement that’s been generated by this historic Mega Millions jackpot has led to outstanding sales figures for the Texas Lottery during the last several days, which means more revenue for the state of Texas,” said Gary Grief, executive director of the Texas Lottery.

The jackpot for Saturday night’s Powerball drawing, meanwhile, is the eighth largest in the game’s history at an estimated $470 million.
The next Mega Millions drawing will be Tuesday.

With the jackpot currently tied with the record-setting lottery jackpot and bound to grow before the next drawing, it is bound to become the largest prize in U.S. history.

The jackpot has been growing since July, when a group of California office workers won $543 million.

It costs $2 to play the game, but the odds of winning the jackpot aren't good. The chance of matching all six numbers and taking home the grand prize is one in 302.5 million.

Mega Millions is played in 44 states as well as Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.