Powerball, Mega Millions jackpots top a combined $800 million

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The Mega Millions jackpot for tonight's drawing is up to $361 million. The cash option on the prize is an estimated $225.9 million. Either way, it's a ton of money.

"Whenever the jackpots reach totals above $300 million we start to notice more and more people coming in to get tickets", said Joanie Maloney, assistant manager at Stogie's.

Lottery players have a chance at winning two giant jackpots this week that together amount to more than $800 million.

The drawing is at 10 p.m. today.

Meanwhile, the Powerball jackpot for Wednesday's drawing is an estimated $440 million.

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Mega Millions and Powerball tickets are $2 per play.

theLotter hit headlines around the world when an Iraqi man scooped up the $8 million Cdn. jackpot through the service in December 2015.

The lottery jackpot numbers just keep climbing. That took the odds of winning that game from 1 in 175 million to 1 in 292 million. The drawing for Powerball is Wednesday night.

Of course, they remain two separate lotteries, and the odds of winning either, let alone both, are astronomically stacked against ticket buyers.

$343 million...that's what's up for grabs this Tuesday, January 2nd via Mega Millions.

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