Tuesday, 16 October, 2018

Powerball, Mega Millions jackpots top a combined $800 million

Powerball, Mega Millions jackpots top a combined $800 million Powerball, Mega Millions jackpots top a combined $800 million
Lisa Bryan | 03 January, 2018, 01:58

Very strong sales across all 46 participating Lottery jurisdictions, which includes 44 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands, were attributed for the increase.

And Americans do love buying lottery tickets.

The Mega Millions jackpot has been growing since someone won at $42 million dollar jackpot on October 13. Both Mega Millions and Powerball have been changed to make the odds of winning the jackpot longer, meaning there will be more frequent giant jackpots. With slightly better odds than the Powerball game, it's rare that months pass without someone winning a Mega Millions jackpot.


The first Mega Millions jackpot of 2018 sits at $343 million. When a player wins, he or she is flown to the United States to collect the jackpot in person.

For those who want to play, tickets must be purchased by Tuesday at 10:45 p.m. for Mega Millions, Wednesday at 9:50 p.m. for Powerball, and Wednesday at 10:45 p.m. for Megabucks Doubler.

At no time in history have two USA jackpots been simultaneously greater than $400 million, but that milestone may be reached if the games roll another drawing or two. The drawing for the Rolling Cash 5 is each night at 7:35 p.m. Tickets for that game are also $2. On Wednesday, January 3rd the Powerball jackpot will reach $440 million. That's more than they spent on movies, video games, music, sports tickets and books - combined.

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