Powerball and Mega Millions combined jackpot hits $2.22B

A customer buys a Mega Millions ticket at the Hy Vee on Locust St. in Dubuque on Friday Oct. 19

A customer buys a Mega Millions ticket at the Hy Vee on Locust St. in Dubuque on Friday Oct. 19

The Mega Millions lottery in the U.S. has reached an epic $1.6 billion after no one won the 41 billion prize on Friday night.

Just like in Friday's Mega Millions drawing, there was no jackpot victor in Saturday night's Powerball drawing.

No grand prize victor was drawn Saturday and the jackpot is now $620 million.

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

The current jackpot beats the previous record, a $1.586 billion jackpot for a Powerball drawing in 2016, said Seth Elkin, a spokesman for Mega Millions. This is the largest jackpot in US history, and will have a $905 million cash option.

There was no victor in Saturday night's Powerball $430 million drawing, just as there was no victor in Friday night's Mega Millions drawing.

If a player hits all six numbers to win the jackpot, they can opt for an immediate cash payment of $904 million or receive the $1.6 billion prize over 29 years. The victor can also opt for a cash prize of more than $354 million, from which the federal government will take 25% right away, and more later.

"It's hard to overstate how exciting this is - but now it's really getting fun", said Gordon Medenica, lead director of the Mega Millions Group and director of Maryland Lottery and Gaming.

The next Mega Millions drawing is at 11 p.m. EST Tuesday.

There were a number of runner-up prizes. There are smaller prizes, from $4 up to $1 million, for matching some, but not all, numbers.

The spike in the Mega Millions ticket price, from $1 to to $2, brought a major change to the starting amount.

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