Tickets Selling ‘Very, Very Quickly’ for $1.6 Billion Mega Millions

Signs display the jackpots for Mega Millions and Powerball lottery drawings at a newsstands in midtown Manhattan in New York U.S

Signs display the jackpots for Mega Millions and Powerball lottery drawings at a newsstands in midtown Manhattan in New York U.S

After no one won Saturday's Powerball prize, the jackpot has now climbed to $620 million for Wednesday's drawing.

The jackpot goes to a victor who matches the five numbers and the Powerball number. The winning numbers were: 16, 54, 57, 62, 69, and Powerball 23.

The 24 semi-weekly Mega Millions draws have failed to produce a top victor since July 24, when an 11-member office pool in Santa Clara County, California, hit a £415million ($543m) jackpot.

Powerball, which held the record for the largest US lottery prize of £1.213 billion ($1.586 bn) in 2016, will hold a separate draw on Saturday.

The odds of winning the Powerball jackpot are 1 in 292 million.

Its jackpot rose on Friday to £360 million ($470m) from £329 million ($430m), with a lump sum value of £205 million ($268.6m).

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The chances of taking out the mammoth prize have also increased due to the sales, which look to break the 25-straight rollover streak of lotteries without winners.

The game, which was created in 2002, has seen changes over the years that have reduced the chances of winning, meaning bigger and bigger jackpots.

The numbers were drawn for what was a $470 million dollar Powerball jackpot Saturday. But because the player added the Power Play for an extra $1, the prize is $2 million.

The Mega Millions jackpot has been growing since July, when a group of 11 California office workers won $543 million.

Lottery officials said the move was a pure answer to its players' calls.

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