Mega Millions, Powerball Jackpots Reach More Than $1 Billion Combined

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Right now, the Powerball jackpot stands at $550 million while the Mega Million is $445 million.

The Mega Millions lottery drawing is tonight and people across Southwest Ohio and the Miami Valley are lining up to buy tickets.

The next Mega Millions drawing is scheduled for 11 p.m. ET on Friday, and the next Powerball drawing is Saturday at 10:59 p.m. ET.

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.

Michael Clay, of Ashley, fills out two tickets each for the Mega Millions and Powerball drawings at Anthracite Newstand on Public Square in Wilkes-Barre on Friday.

If you've never played the lottery or don't play enough to know all the finer points of the games, you can check out our guide on both games below. Most winners opt for cash options, which would be $358.5 million for Powerball. 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.

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Tickets for both drawings cost $2, the Lottery says. The website charges a transaction fee and in return, you will get a scan of your tickets before the draw.

Players can multiply their Mega Millions prizes (not the jackpot prize) by 2, 3, 4 or 5 times. According to the news outlet, at least six tickets won secondary prizes of $1 million or more so double check your tickets as billions of dollars in prize money goes unclaimed, every year. A recent study by LendEDU, based on reports from lottery offices across the country, found that NY residents spend an average of $399 percent capita on the games of chance that could transform lives with that one big win.

Dozens of players have come within one number of winning either jackpot in that time, but no one has been able to win it all. That's nearly $4 billion dollars in prize money. "If the jackpot gets over $100 million, we have a super strong game". Aid to education was $3.3 billion, down $33 million from the previous year. Hamilton chose the cash option and received a lump sum of $355,000.

A precipitous decline in the Powerball revenues were in part responsible for the decline.

The odds of winning both the Mega Millions and Powerball jackpots are 1 in 88 quadrillion.

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