Two $1M Mega Millions tickets sold in IL

Two $1M Mega Millions tickets sold in IL

Two $1M Mega Millions tickets sold in IL

The next drawing is set for Tuesday.

"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.

If one ticket matches the numbers, the victor would win $1 billion or more than $565 million if the victor goes with the one-time cash option.

So, in one single weekend, more than $1 billion will shoot out across America to its very luckiest citizens.

Illinois Lottery officials are urging the winners to sign the back of their ticket and keep it in a safe place until they can visit one of their five prize centers in the state.

Here's what you should know before next week's Mega Millions drawing.

A gas station in Chicago and a liquor store in Oak Forest each sold a winning $1 million ticket in the Friday, October 19, drawing. Then, nobody won. The jackpot continued to grow drastically this week, coming in at $970 million yesterday and entering into three comma territory on Friday.

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Lucas beat odds of 1 in 1.2 million, according to the lottery's website.

Though not at a historic amount like Mega Millions, the Powerball jackpot is also huge as well.

Beyond that, winning the lottery is often not as glamorous as it may seem, as many winners end up struggling to find meaning, get taken advantage of by others, and even end up broke.

The winning numbers were: 15, 23, 53, 65, 70 and Mega Ball 7.

But a note of caution - the chance of matching all six numbers and taking home the grand prize is one in 302.5 million.

The odds are pretty good that a victor - or winners - will get good news on Tuesday night.

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

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