Area businesses continue to sell more lottery tickets than ever before

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But before then, players can try for an even bigger reward with the Mega Millions on Tuesday, now boasting a tally of $1.6 billion, bringing both lotteries to the aforementioned combined total of $2.22 billion.

If one person wins the Mega Millions jackpot on Tuesday evening, they will become one of the 1,500 richest people in America.

And speaking of Powerball: That game's next drawing is Wednesday, for an estimated jackpot of $620 million.

The top prize for Tuesday night's Mega Millions drawing will be the largest lottery jackpot in United States history. Several states permit online ticket purchases.

The victor can also opt for a cash prize of more than $354m (£271m), from which the federal government will take 25% right away, and more later. In comparison, the odds of getting killed by a shark are 1 in 3.7 million in a lifetime, according to the International Shark Attack File.

I could opt to receive either a lump sum payment of about $905 million or 30 annual payments averaging about $53,333,333 each, according to the Mega Millions website.

Don't count on making a deposit for anywhere close to $1.6 billion if you win the Tuesday night drawing. Players have 365 days after the date of a drawing to claim prizes.

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The North Dakota Lotto America is at $10.1 million, as of Sunday.

A customer shows his purchased Mega Millions lottery ticket at a retailer in Washington, DC, on Sunday. It is 1 in 292,201,338.

Players had a roughly one in 302.5 million chance of taking home the $1.6 billion pot.

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It also surpassed the almost $1.6 billion Powerball jackpot that previously held the record. "Tomorrow, when I win, don't come looking for me".

The winning numbers are 28, 70, 5, 62, 65. The remaining $1.11 billion, plus the 40 percent of ticket sales supposedly allocated to education and other causes, would end up in the hands of the federal and NY state governments.

States have generally reported increased Mega Millions and Powerball sales since the change.

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