Mega Millions, Powerball jackpots spark lottery fever

Posted January 08, 2018

Never have the Mega Millions and Powerball jackpots each been worth more than $445 million at the same time until now. Pennsylvania's largest Powerball prize was a $110.2 million cash-value jackpot claimed by a New Jersey couple in 2004.

The New York Lottery's Mega Millions jackpot has soared to $445 million for Friday night's drawing.

There is no need for you to travel from Ireland to the United States to take a chance on winning the Powerball and Mega Millions jackpots.

Players had until 7:45 p.m. Friday night to buy Mega Millions tickets.

Over the last 29 years, the Florida lottery has generated over $96 billion in revenue with more than $32 billion going to education, but where does the rest of the money go? The cash option is worth an estimated $358.5 million.

The Powerball lottery numbers will be drawn at 9:59 p.m. on Saturday. The odds of a $2 ticket matching five numbers and the Mega Ball are 302,575,350 to 1.

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Mega Millions and Powerball are offering Georgia Lottery players two very large jackpots totaling almost $783 million dollars. On Jan. 1, 2008, $33 million was won in Texas, and $61 million was won in Tennessee on Jan. 3, 2014.

The Powerball jackpot jumped from $468 million on Wednesday to $550 million on Thursday, after Wednesday night's drawing did not produce a victor.

"That's more than enough to take care of you and your family", he said.

Players can multiply their Mega Millions prizes (not the jackpot prize) by 2, 3, 4 or 5 times.

Combined, both lottery jackpots will exceed 1 billion dollars.

The news outlet reports that the longer odds have not refrained people from purchasing tickets - but quite the opposite.

Thrifty Beverage in Poughkeepsie has seen a significant increase in customers buying lottery tickets. That's nearly $4 billion dollars in prize money. Friday night's Mega Millions jackpot is the fourth-largest in the game's history. Aid to education was $3.3 billion, down $33 million from the previous year. In 2016, that $1.5 billion jackpot - the biggest ever in the US - helped push Powerball sales to $460 million in NY, a 50 percent increase.