Thursday, 18 January, 2018

Mega Millions, Powerball kick off new year with jackpots totaling $783M

9th largest Powerball jackpot up for grabs Powerball, Mega Millions have $783M up for grabs to start new year
Lillian Steele | 03 January, 2018, 01:32

Lottery players have a chance at winning two giant jackpots that together amount to almost $800 million. 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.

Strong sales sent the Mega Millions jackpot soaring to $361 million for Tuesday night's drawing.

Whether you're a lottery player ot not, you might want to buy some tickets.

"Whenever the jackpots reach totals above $300 million we start to notice more and more people coming in to get tickets", said Joanie Maloney, assistant manager at Stogie's.

If you choose the cash option, that's $215 million.

Mega Millions and Powerball tickets are $2 per play. The largest Powerball jackpot on record was $1.586 billion, which was won last January.

Corey Adams of Huntington purchased a ticket for both lotteries. With slightly better odds than the Powerball game, it's rare that months pass without someone winning a Mega Millions jackpot. Eastern Time and Powerball drawings are held Wednesday and Saturday evenings at 10:59 p.m. Mega Millions tickets are sold in 43 states plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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