Friday's Mega Millions along with Wednesday's Powerball jackpot, which stands at $345 million, are worth more than a cool billion dollars. Powerball will hold a separate drawing on Saturday for an estimated $430 million jackpot.
Tickets sold in New Jersey, Kentucky and MA matched the five numbers and each win a $1 million prize.
A single victor in New York City who opts for the US$548m cash jackpot would only bring home about half that much, US$276m, after all taxes are paid, according to calculations by H&R Block, a U.S. tax services company.
Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.
N.C. officials said that in Tuesday's drawing, 93,726 tickets sold in North Carolina won a prize, ranging from $2 to $10,000.
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Tickets that won $50,000 were sold at Bob's Beer & Wine in Bellingham; Convenience Plus in Lee; and Market Basket in Tewksbury.
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The next Mega Millions drawing is at 11 p.m. EST Friday.
The average American spends about $223 per year on lottery tickets, according to a survey from LENDedu. There are smaller prizes, from $2 up to $1 million, for matching some, but not all, numbers. Players get five numbers from 1 to 70 and one Mega number between 1 and 25.
Here's how Mega Millions used to work: Players picked five numbers from 1 to 75 and a Mega number from 1 to 15. Most winners take the cash option, which would pay more than half a billion dollars after taxes, or an annuity, with one initial payment and annual installments over 29 years. It had increased early Wednesday to $868 million and officials raised the jackpot to $900 million later in the day.