The jackpot is now the largest in US lottery history, surpassing a 2016 Powerball jackpot that previously held the title.
No one has won the Mega Millions jackpot since July 24 when 11 co-workers in California split $543 million. That could also land you a historic tax bill if you win, though don't expect a lot of sympathy.
Tuesday's Mega Millions drawing is for a jackpot estimated at $1.6 billion, which would be the nation's largest ever.
It costs $2 to play the game, but the odds of matching all six numbers and taking home the grand prize is a dismal 1 in 302.5 million.
Tonight's $1.6 billion jackpot shatters the old record of $1.5 billion set back in January 2016.
Bloniarz is one of the many first-time players of Mega Millions who was purchasing a ticket Monday. The height of sales came during the lunch hour, when people were buying 200 tickets per second.
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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 . 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 estimated $1.6 billion prize is the largest jackpot in history. After failing to declare a victor on October 19, the Mega Millions jackpot swelled to the biggest lotto payout in United States' history. "They just want to take a moment out of their day to consider how to dream big", Schlesinger said.
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Tickets can be bought until 7:45 p.m. Tuesday before the drawing at 8 p.m.
Some people feel guilty for spending money on lottery tickets, but Newswatch 16 spoke with a professional who says buying a few here and there is perfectly fine.
Lottery officials recommend winners take a deep breath, put their winning ticket in a safe spot and consult with a reputable financial planner before popping over to the lottery headquarters.
"I never play, but we just kind of figured 'why not?'" Kagan added, noting that if she wins, she said that she would buy a school and build some homeless shelters.
Additionally, Gamblers Anonymous is hosting a closed meeting on Tuesday from 7:15 p.m. - 9 p.m.at the Wyndham Building on Bruceville Road.