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Powerball jackpot rises to $620 million, third-largest in game's history

22 October, 2018, 05:28 | Author: Kristi Dunn
  • Signs display the jackpots for Mega Millions and Powerball lottery drawings at a newsstands in midtown Manhattan in New York U.S

The two jackpots now have a combined value of over $2.2 billion.

The next Mega Millions draw will be on Tuesday, after no one hit all of the numbers of 15, 23, 53, 65, 70 and the Mega Ball 7 during Friday night's draw. This is the largest jackpot in US history, and will have a $905 million cash option. The numbers to look for on the winning ticket are 16, 54, 57, 62, 69.

Powerball officials reported that there were no winners and estimated that Wednesday's drawing would be worth $620 million. But like Mega Millions, no one took home Powerball and the pot continues to rise.

On Friday, no jackpot winners were selected in the Mega Millions drawing, which had a grand prize of over $900 milion.

The chances of taking out the mammoth prize have also increased due to the sales, which look to break the 25-straight rollover streak of lotteries without winners. Many hopefuls haven't played before.

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The game, which was created in 2002, has seen changes over the years that have reduced the chances of winning, meaning bigger and bigger jackpots.

The odds of winning the Mega Millions jackpot are one in 302,575,350, but the odds of winning any of the lesser prizes are one in 24.

Mega Millions tickets are sold in 44 USA states, the District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands.

If more than one victor is picked, the jackpot would be divided proportionately, as happened when the previous Mega Millions record of $656 million was drawn in March 2012 and was shared by winners in Kansas, Illinois and Maryland, a lottery official said.

Mega Millions is played in 44 states as well as Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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