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Mega Millions jackpot swells to $1.6 billion

October 20, 2018 - 10:35 am

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- With no winning ticket for Friday night’s Mega Millions drawing, the jackpot has swelled to a whopping $1.6 billion.

The shocking prize ties the largest lottery prize in U.S. history and is expected to continue to grow as the odds of winning continues to decrease.

Lottery officials changed the odds in recent years to lessen the chance of winning a jackpot, which has increased the opportunity for top prizes to reach stratospheric levels.

The winning numbers from the $1 billion jackpot Friday night were: 15, 23, 53, 65, 70. Mega Ball: 7.

Additionally, there was no Powerball winner for Wednesday’s $345 million jackpot. The Saturday night drawing then increased t0 $470 million.

Wednesday's winning Powerball numbers were: 3, 57, 64, 68, 69. Powerball 15.

The biggest all-time lottery jackpot was a $1.6 billion Powerball prize in 2016.

Tickets for both lotteries are sold in 44 states plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.