$2 Million Powerball Winner in Knoxville

A newstand billboard advertising tickets for the lottery

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 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.

On Friday, no jackpot winners were selected in the Mega Millions drawing, which had a grand prize of over $900 milion.

Both lotteries' jackpots have been increased recently by rule changes that have decreased the odds of winning.

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

Friday morning, the jackpot rose to $1 billion, with an estimated cash payout of more than $565 million.

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.

The next Mega Millions drawing is at 11 p.m. EST Tuesday. Players get five numbers from 1 to 70 and one Mega number between 1 and 25.

Each Powerball ticket is $2.

The Tennessee Lottery said the base prize for matching all five white numbers is $1 million, but the player added the Power Play which upped the prize money to $2 million.

The numbers drawn Saturday were 62-16-54-57-69 while the Powerball was 23.

The jackpot goes to a victor who matches the five numbers and the Powerball number.

It costs $2 to play the game, but the odds of winning the grand prize is one in 302.5 million.

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