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Mega Millions Just Touched 1 Billion!

Mega Millions Just Touched 1 Billion!

The Mega Millions jackpot has surpassed $1 billion and is estimated to be...

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$1.02 billion

Lottery officials said the figure is likely to rise since more tickets are bought as the drawing date approaches.

That pot of gold's cash option would cost $602.5 million.

Along with Washington, D.C., and the US Virgin Islands, Mega Millions is played in...

45 states

A $1.58 billion Powerball jackpot won in 2016 was the largest-ever lottery payout.

What did mega millions spokesperson say about the achievement

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"It takes a long time for this kind of jackpot to get up this high, so we're excited"