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Combined jackpot for two lottery games to top $900 million this week

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A couple of lottery jackpots are soaring and the combined payout for the two games this week for potential grand prize winners is approaching $1 billion.

The current Mega Millions drawing is about $490 million and the Powerball drawing is at about $410 million, pushing the combined jackpots to the $900 million range, according to the Colorado Lottery.

The Powerball drawing is Wednesday and the Mega Millions drawing is Friday night.

A grand prize winner of the national Mega Millions drawing on Friday night would rake in the eighth-largest jackpot in the game’s history, according to a news release. The estimated cash value is $372.3 million.

The current Powerball jackpot grand prize has a $316.4 cash value.

The combined jackpots is at the highest total since October of 2018, when Mega Millions reached its all-time peak of $1.537 billion. This is the third time that both games have simultaneously had jackpots larger than $400 million, the release said.

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The Tuesday Mega Millions drawing produced 1.9 million winning tickets including four second-tier winners of $1 million, the lottery said. One of those winners doubled the amount of the prize by hitting a “2X Megaplier” in the game.

The last Mega Millions grand prize jackpot, for $120 million ($95.4 million cash), was hit on Sept. 15 in Racine, Wis., lottery officials said.

Feeling lucky? The odds of winning the Mega Millions grand prize is one in 302,575,350. The odds of winning the Powerball grand prize is one in 292,201,338. Best of luck.

A couple of lottery jackpots are soaring and the combined payout for the two games this week for potential grand prize winners is approaching $1 billion.

No one won the $900 million Powerball — now it’s up to $1.3 billion

The winning numbers — disclosed live on television and online Saturday night — were 16-19-32-34-57 and the Powerball number 13.

All six numbers must be correct to win, although the first five can be in any order. The odds to win the largest lottery prize in US history were one in 292.2 million.

Officials with the Multi-State Lottery Association, which runs the Powerball game, said they expected about 75% of the possible number combinations would have been bought for Saturday night’s drawing.

Since November 4, the Powerball jackpot has grown from its $40 million starting point, as no one has won the jackpot. Such a huge jackpot was just what officials with the Multi-State Lottery Association, which runs the Powerball game, hoped for last fall when they changed the odds of matching all the Powerball numbers, from about one in 175 million to one in 292.2 million. By making it harder to win a jackpot, the tougher odds made the ever larger prizes inevitable.

The US saw sales of $277 million on Friday alone, and sales of more than $400 million were expected Saturday, according to Gary Grief, the executive director of the Texas Lottery.

The record jackpot lured an unprecedented frenzy of purchases. Anndrea Smith, 30, said Saturday that she already had spent more than she usually does on Powerball tickets.

“I bought four yesterday, and I usually never buy any,” said Smith, manager of Bucky’s gas station and convenience store in Omaha, Nebraska. She’s not alone, saying the store sold “about $5,000 worth of tickets yesterday. Usually on a Friday, we might sell $1,200 worth.”

The next Powerball drawing is Wednesday.

Thinking about going in on a ticket or two to try your luck? Here’s what you need to know.

The first thing you must do if you win the lottery: Lawyer up. (Read more here.)

What does the jackpot $$$ actually amount to if you win? Figure out the numbers here. (For reference, the $900 million jackpot would have amounted to $558 million if you took the cash payout in one lump sum.)

Should you even bother? We crunched the numbers here. (Short answer: Probably not.)

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