The Mega Millions jackpot climbs to $1.6 billion

Friday night’s Mega Millions drawing did not yield a victor, pushing the historic jackpot to $1.6 billion and tying it with the largest lottery prize in U.S. history.

The lucky Friday numbers were 15, 23, 53, 65, 70 and Mega Ball 7.

The next lot of winning numbers will be announced on Tuesday at 11 p.m. ET.

Winners can choose an immediate cash payment option of $904 million or receive the $1.6 billion prize over 29 years.

The jackpot keeps swelling because nobody has won since July 24, when 11 workers in a California office shared $543 million, the largest prize ever won on a single ticket in the game.

Mega Millions tickets cost $2 per play and there are a total of nine ways to win a prize, ranging from the jackpot down to $2. You can play Mega Millions in 46 localities: 44 states plus Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Tuesday’s total would eclipse the record U.S. lottery prize of $1.58 billion, given away in a Powerball jackpot drawing in 2016.

“Mega Millions has already entered historic territory, but it’s truly astounding to think that now the jackpot has reached an all-time world record,” said Gordon Medenica, Lead Director of the Mega Millions Group and Director of Maryland Lottery and Gaming. “It’s hard to overstate how exciting this is — but now it’s really getting fun.”

How late can you play Mega Millions

The Mega Millions cut off time can vary by state. For example: in Pennsylvania, Mega Million ticket sales end at 61 minutes before the drawing – 9:59 p.m. on drawing nights. In most other states, tickets may be purchased up until 15 minutes prior to the drawing –10:45 p.m. ET.

Odds of winning

Mega Millions is played in 44 states as well as Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

It costs $2 to play the game, but the odds of winning the jackpot aren’t good. The chance of matching all six numbers and taking home the grand prize is one in 302.5 million.

Who buys lotto tickets?

About two-thirds of Americans gamble. Last year, they spent $72.97 billion on traditional lottery tickets, according to Gallup.

The average American spends about $223 per year on lottery tickets, according to a survey from LENDedu.

Massachusetts residents have the biggest taste for playing the odds, spending almost $763 per year on lottery tickets, the study found.

North Dakotans are on the opposite end of the spectrum, spending about $44 per year on the lottery, or the lowest average figure among residents of all 50 states