How Mega Millions created monstrous jackpots - but made them harder to win

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The previous largest single jackpot of $758.7 million was won last year by Mavis Wanczyk, a 53-year-old mother of two from MA.

Because no Mega Millions winners emerged, the next scheduled drawing on Tuesday was projected to be worth a record $1.6 billion.

The Mega Millions' odds were lowered a year ago to 1-in-303 million from 1-in-259 million, to generate larger prizes.

The Mega Millions lottery jackpot has reached a record-breaking £1.26 billion ($1.6bn) after there was no victor of the £765 million ($1bn) prize. The winning numbers were: 16, 54, 57, 62, 69, and Powerball 23.

But if you are itching to play, you could win even more on Tuesday.

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For comparison, last year's Call of Duty: WW II hit $1 billion in sales, but only after it had been on the market 47 days. That includes full game sales, both digital and retail, as well as season pass revenue.

That pot has been growing since July when someone in California won the jackpot.

With the ball changes, the odds of winning the jackpot went from 1 in roughly 258 million to 1 in about 302 million.

Estaban ended up plunking down $10 apiece on Mega Millions and Powerball tickets at Carlton Cards in Penn Station, which sells an average of $246,000 in tickets a week, the most in NY state, according to data obtained by USA Today. But because the player added the Power Play for an extra $1, the prize is $2 million.

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

Lines were forming Friday morning at gas stations and 7-11s across the 44 states, the federal capital Washington and the U.S. Virgin Islands where the lottery is held, with the draw to take place at 11:00 p.m. local time (0300 GMT).

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