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03 January 2018, 01:33 | Damon Campbell
Powerball, Mega Millions have $783M up for grabs to start new year
Mega Millions changed the way the game is played last October and they now offer more numbers to choose from, making the jackpot harder to hit and more likely to roll over to the next drawing.
The lump-sum cash options are now $278.3 million for Powerball and $215 for Mega Millions.
And Americans do love buying lottery tickets. It's the second time that Powerball and Mega Millions have had jackpots bigger than $300 million at the same time.
UPDATE (10:38 a.m.): The Mega Millions jackpot has gone up to $361 million.
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"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. In the wake of his successful prize collection in OR, theLotter established a large operation in that state from which it safely and securely purchases its clients' U.S. lottery tickets!
The very next Mega Millions drawing was won by a single lottery ticket sold in IL. No ticket won all six numbers in Friday night's drawing. That took the odds of winning that game from 1 in 175 million to 1 in 292 million.
As of Tuesday morning, the Mega Millions jackpot is $343 million. Mega Millions tickets are sold in 43 states plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
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