US Powerball, Mega Millions jackpots top $1 billion

06 January, 2018, 02:54 | Author: Salvatore Jensen
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The numbers keep going up and Vic Singh says the lines get longer and the parking lot gets more slammed when hundreds of millions are at stake.

A Mega Millions tickets costs $2. The odds of winning that one are 1 in 302 million.

"But, there's the ticket", said lottery player Harvey Wright. If nobody wins Friday's Mega Millions jackpot or Saturday night's Powerball jackpot, the Mega Millions jackpot will roll to at least an estimated $560 million for Tuesday's draw, and the Powerball jackpot would roll to, at the very least, an estimated $725 million for Wednesday's draw. "When customers come in and get other products they [say], 'oh my god it's high!' and 'oh my god no ones won yet!' It's been a stir", says Mike Cook, a Clerk at Time Saver. $400 million or something.

You'd be surprised how many winning tickets are never turned in.

"I got five tickets for each one", said Tom Pinter.




The Mega Millions numbers will be drawn Friday night and the wining Powerball numbers will be announced Saturday. I would give each of my three children $1 million each and set aside some for my grandchildren's education. "So if I win, I guarantee I will start a funding specifically for those two". I could help some friends and then enjoy the rest of the $10 million or so I would take home after taxes.

There have even been five jackpot winners who have failed to claim their prizes in the last 16 years, according to the lottery data that's available.

Koppy said it varies how often the jackpot is hit.

At stake in Friday's 11 p.m. EST (0400 GMT Saturday) Mega Millions drawing is a $450 million prize, the fourth-largest in its history with a $281 million payout if the victor selects a lump-sum payment. And nearly no one wins either.

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