Koppy said the $1.6 billion jackpot is a world-record high and only the second time a lottery jackpot has reached over $1 billion. In Michigan, winners are anonymous unless they win Mega Millions or Powerball prizes.
The Illinois Lottery is handing out free tickets at a metro-east grocery store Tuesday ahead of the Mega Millions drawing.
The Mega Millions drawing will be Tuesday and the Powerball drawing will be on Wednesday.
The Mega Millions jackpot is up to $1.6 billion, the largest in US history.
Mega Millions is already the largest jackpot in US history and Powerball is in the top five.
Mega Millions tickets are sold in 44 US states, the District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands.
The financial website The Motley Fool says the chance of someone winning the Mega Millions jackpot is 1 in 302,575,350.
"I'm going to be 70", said Hasenkopf. New York's 8.82 percent tax on lottery winnings-the highest in the country-means my final lump sum payout would be about $490 million.
The $1.6 billion jackpot, a jaw-dropping amount to the average person who can afford a $2 ticket, is still less than two weeks of profit for Apple Inc.
The nation's largest lottery jackpots have rolled for a few months.
My advice to all of you prospective lottery winners remains the same as it was in 2016: If you win, decline the up-front cash and take the annuity.
"Every one of those dollars is very much appreciated", she said.
Across the river in IN, money from the lottery sales also goes a variety of places. The largest single prize went to a 2017 player from MA who celebrated a $758.7 million Powerball payday. For example, Arizona Lottery stops selling tickets two hours before the drawing, while many states sell until 15 minutes before the draw. The one-time cash option is estimated at $905 million - still nothing to sneeze at.
The Mega Millions jackpot has been growing since July, when a group of 11 California office workers won $543 million.
Powerball has climbed since there was a victor in NY on August 11.
A $1 million Powerball ticket was bought in New Jersey and four other tickets were sold, worth $250,000 total, as NJ.com reported.