Annette Gray, left, from Valley Stream, N.Y., buys lottery tickets Friday Oct. 19, 2018, in New York. The estimated jackpot for Friday’s Mega Millions drawing has soared to $1 billion. Gray said it’s about “a dollar and a dream, but I spent ten today”. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
CHICAGO — With the Mega Millions lottery jackpot at a record $1.6 billion, people are snapping up tickets across the U.S.