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Mega Millions and Powerball Jackpots Continue to Grow

06 January 2018, 02:40 | Damon Campbell

Mega Millions and Powerball Jackpots Continue to Grow

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The combined total of the two jackpots is now a whopping $1.02 billion, making it the third-largest combined total for the two games.

Two competing American lotteries - Powerball and Mega Millions - have a combined jackpot of over $1bn (£737m) after going months without a jackpot victor.

Both games are played in 44 states plus Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands. On Wednesday, no one won the Powerball jackpot worth an estimated $460 million. Why did officials have to go making it tougher to win the Mega Millions jackpot-and up the tickets from $1 to $2 (the same as Powerball).

In fact, the Mega Millions jackpot will be worth about $450 million if a victor is drawn Friday night.

Instead of opting for the publicised jackpot figure, which is paid out over an annuity paid over 29 years, most lottery winners choose to take a lump sum payment.

Until October, Mega Millions players picked five numbers from 1 to 75 and a Mega number between 1 and 15. There were five tickets worth $1 million each sold in Florida, California, North Carolina, New York and OR, and another ticket in Florida is worth $2 million. This is still the fourth-largest jackpot in Mega Millions history and the 11th-largest jackpot in USA lottery history.

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And even if they do know, people often don't bother to check their tickets once they hear there was no jackpot victor or the winning ticket was bought out of state.

The Arkansas Powerball is up to $570 million and counting. Puerto Rico also participates in Powerball.

The Mega Millions jackpot is the 4th largest in that game's history.

Follow the drawing, MLive will publish an update in the morning that includes whether or not anyone won the jackpot.

"People don't even realize there are secondary prizes", said Jacobson.

"We never have had the jackpot but we are hoping it's this time", Green said.



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