Ya gotta be in it to win it….
Lottery players once again failed to win the Mega Millions top prize — sending the jackpot soaring to close to $1 billion.
While 11 people got five numbers for the second prize of at least $1 million in Tuesday’s draw — including two from New Jersey — nobody got all six numbers for the 36th draw in a row, lottery officials said.
The last jackpot was claimed on Sept. 15, making it the longest stretch without a main winner in Mega Millions history.
Friday’s draw is already set to reach $970 million — or $716 million lump sum — and could go higher with a rush for the huge top prize. It is the second-highest in Mega Millions history, and the third in all US lottery draws.
Those unable to wait until Friday have a shot at riches before that — with Wednesday night’s Powerball promising a top prize of $730 million. The last time that draw was won was the same week as the Mega Millions.
It’s the first time both lottery jackpots have topped $700 million at the same time, and makes a combined offering of $1.7 billion….