Numbers Drawn for $476-Million Powerball Jackpot

1.6B Mega Millions prize due to simple math some surprises

The prize for Friday's Mega Millions contest had soared to $1 billion, prompting long lines at gas stations and 7-11s across the country, the federal capital Washington and the US Virgin Islands where the lottery is held. The winning numbers were: 16, 54, 57, 62, 69, and Powerball 23.

The potential Powerball jackpot has now climbed to $620 million for Wednesday's drawing.

If more than one victor is picked, the jackpot would be divided proportionately, as happened when the previous Mega Millions record of £502 million ($656m) was drawn in March 2012 and was shared by winners in Kansas, Illinois and Maryland, a lottery official said.

"It's hard to overstate how exciting this is - but now it's really getting fun", said Gordon Medenica, lead director of the Mega Millions Group and director of Maryland Lottery and Gaming.

The lump sum payout is an estimated $269.6 million for the Powerball.

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.

A newstand billboard advertising tickets for the lottery.

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The Mega Millions lottery in the U.S. has reached an epic $1.6 billion after no one won the 41 billion prize on Friday night. If there is a victor, they will get the 13th largest payout in history.

The odds of winning the Mega Millions jackpot are one in 302,575,350, but the odds of winning any of the lesser prizes are one in 24.

The victor might opt for the cash prize of more than $270 million, from which the federal government will take 25% right away, and more later.

That is partly by design.

In 2016, a $1.58 billion Powerball prize was split three ways by ticket holders from California, Florida and Tennessee.

Mega Millions tickets are sold in 44 USA states, the District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands.

If more than one victor is picked, the jackpot would be divided proportionately, as happened when the previous Mega Millions record of $656 million was drawn in March 2012 and was shared by winners in Kansas, Illinois and Maryland, a lottery official said.

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