Winning numbers for $1 billion Mega Millions jackpot drawn

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That's 1 billion with a B - a record-setting Mega Millions jackpot drawn Friday night.

"It's possible that nobody wins again but it's hard to fathom", Gentry said.

With the jackpot now tied with the record-setting lottery jackpot and bound to grow before the next drawing, it is bound to become the largest prize in USA history.

Lottery fever gripped people Friday as the $1 billion drawing drew near.

The jackpot may be claimed as $1 billion before federal taxes as an annuity paid out over 29 years, or as a cash option of $565 million, according to lottery officials.

Tonya Jimenez, assistant manager at Beavers Market in Fort Collins, Colorado, said all three registers were going Saturday, a day after the store sold 220 tickets.

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Stacy Tarbis, a regional manager at a biotech company, hadn't planned to buy a ticket until her father called her on her drive home and told her about the size of the jackpot.

The prize has grown so large because no one has hit the jackpot since July 24, when a group in California won $543 million.

It costs $2 to play the game.

In October 2017, Mega Millions cut the odds of winning from one in 259 million to one in 302.5 million, following a similar move by Powerball.

Mega Millions is played in 44 states including Texas, plus Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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