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The next Mega Millions drawing is Tuesday night — here’s the deadline to buy a ticket in every state

Feeling lucky? The Mega Millions jackpot now stands at a staggering $1.6 billion, making it the biggest lottery jackpot in U.S. history.

Mega Millions jackpots keep growing bigger and bigger when no one wins the grand prize. And nobody had the Mega Millions winning numbers last week, when the jackpots hit $868 million on Tuesday and $1 billion on Friday — both of which would have set records as the highest Mega Millions jackpots ever.

The Mega Millions grand prize has rolled over again, and the payout for Tuesday night’s drawing is now $1.6 billion, with a lump sum payout of $904 million.

For U.S. lottery games, we are in uncharted territory: The $1.6 billion Mega Millions jackpot is the highest lottery grand prize ever in the U.S., nudging ahead of the record-high $1.586 billion Powerball jackpot drawn in early 2016.

When are the Mega Millions winning numbers drawn?

Mega Millions drawings are always on Tuesdays and Fridays, at 11 p.m. ET. The next Mega Millions drawing — when the all-time high $1.6 billion jackpot is on the line — is Tuesday, October 23.

You can find out the winning Mega Millions numbers at lottery.net and megamillions.com. Live broadcasts of the Mega Millions results are also shown on many nightly TV news programs.

If you’re wondering how to play Mega Millions, the simplest way is to buy a ticket with machine-picked numbers from a participating retailer. Mega Millions tickets cost $2 each and are sold in 44 states plus Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

A winning Mega Millions ticket can pay out a prize ranging from $2 up to the jackpot. The odds of having all six numbers correct and winning the Mega Millions jackpot are 1 in 302 million.

What is the deadline to buy Mega Millions tickets?

The deadline to buy Mega Millions tickets varies from state to state. That’s why we rounded up the Mega Millions cutoff times around the country below. Be aware that some retailers may have long lines of customers waiting to buy Mega Millions tickets. So it’s best not to wait until the last minute if you want a chance at the $1.6 billion Mega Millions jackpot on Tuesday.

Each Mega Millions ticket will have the corresponding drawing date printed on it. If you are too late and buy a Mega Millions ticket after your state’s cutoff time for the drawing on Tuesday, your ticket will be valid for the next drawing — Friday, October 26.

Mega Millions tickets cost $2 each and are sold in 44 states plus Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The deadline to buy a ticket varies from state to state.

How late can you buy a Mega Millions ticket in N.J.?

The July 24 Mega Millions drawing is up to $522 million and people buying tickets in New Jersey can do so so up until 10:45 p.m., or 15 minutes before the drawing. Tuesday’s drawing is the 11th largest jackpot in U.S. history and has a cash option of $308 million.

Tuesday’s Mega Millions drawing is up to $522 million and it’s not too late to grab your tickets.

In New Jersey the cutoff time to buy tickets is 10:45 p.m., or 15 minutes before the drawing.

In other states, such as Pennsylvania, the cutoff time is an hour before the drawing.

A Mega Millions ticket costs $2. The odds of a ticket matching five numbers and the Mega Ball are 302,575,350 to 1. It’s a 1 in 12,607,306 shot to win the second prize of at least $1 million by matching five numbers.

NJ.com will publish the winning numbers immediately following the conclusion of the drawing.

The cash option for Tuesday’s drawing is $308 million.

While Friday’s $433 million drawing didn’t produce a jackpot winner, two tickets matched five numbers but not the Mega Ball and are worth $1 million apiece. They were sold in Pennsylvania and Illinois.

One ticket purchased in New Jersey matched four numbers and the Mega Ball and is valued at $10,000. It was sold at Rich’s Deli on Route 23 in the Stockholm section of Hardyston, Sussex County.

The Mega Millions jackpot has been won three times this year, including once in New Jersey. It has rolled over 22 times since it was last hit — May 4 with a ticket bought in Ohio. The winner established a trust, which claimed the $142 million prize later that month.

Before that, Richard Wahl, 47, of Vernon won the $533 million jackpot on March 30.

How late can you buy a Mega Millions ticket in N.J.? The July 24 Mega Millions drawing is up to $522 million and people buying tickets in New Jersey can do so so up until 10:45 p.m., or 15 ]]>