Friday's Mega Millions jackpot soars to $1 billion

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Mega Millions fever is building in the United States lottery - with the biggest prize in history up for grabs at US$1.6 billion (AUD$2.25 billion).

The two jackpots now have a combined value of over $2.2 billion.

Based on sales projections, 75 per cent of the 302 million possible combinations will be chosen for the draw, up from 59.1 per cent in Friday's, Carole Gentry, spokeswoman for Maryland Lottery and Gaming, said. Mega Millions is now offering a potential prize of $1.6 billion.

Mega Millions jackpot on October 20, 2018.

But with Mega Millions at a USA record $1.6 billion, you could say Powerball's potential payout after Saturday's drawing is just a measly $476 million.

As more tickets sell before the draw on Tuesday, chances grow that at least one buyer will pick all six winning numbers. According to the N.C. Education Lottery, which offers Mega Millions tickets, a single victor in Friday's drawing would have received $565.6 million if they took the cash option.

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

The Mega Millions jackpot has been growing since July, when a group of 11 California office workers won $US543 million ($763 million). Players have to match five numbers for the million dollar prize.

Mega Millions tickets are sold in 44 USA states, the District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands.

Lottery officials said the move was a pure answer to its players' calls.

Mega Millions is played in 44 states Washington, D.C., and the US Virgin Islands.