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Mega Millions jackpot grows to $1 billion

ST. LOUIS - The Mega Millions lottery jackpot has crossed into record breaking territory and tickets sales are skyrocketing.

Mega Millions in Missouri will sell about $136,000 worth of tickets on a typical day. On Friday, sales were more than 10 times that amount.

Lottery workers posted a billion-dollar prize sign at lottery headquarters at the St. Louis area office around noon.

“This is a record," said Tonya Beenders, Missouri Lottery's Chief Sales Officer. "We’ve never had a jackpot this high before.”

There is no cap as long as no one wins the skies the limit for the jackpot amount. The displays in stores don’t have enough numbers to show the actual prize value.

“There’s a lot of excitement at retail,” Beenders said.

Instead of buying something for themselves, many people said they would pay their winnings forward. For example: helping out their parents, siblings, and children.

Some hopeful winners wanted to keep it secret if they take home the grand prize. However, people cannot remain incognito in the Show Me State. Beenders said the names of jackpot winners are made public by law.

Missouri is a lucky state, only second to Indiana in Powerball jackpot winners.

If no one wins Friday night, the Mega Millions jackpot would grow to an estimated $1.6 billion. If you win, sign the ticket, consider talking to a financial adviser, and head to the lottery office in Jefferson City. Only the lottery headquarters can handle the big prize money winners.

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