Saturday, 20 January, 2018

Mega Millions, Powerball jackpots soar to a combined $1 billion

He tells one woman that she would be better off burning her money than buying a ticket He tells one woman that she would be better off burning her money than buying a ticket
Cristina Norman | 06 January, 2018, 02:56

The cost of a ticket was $1 and every time the game restarted, the jackpot was reset to $15 million.

"When the jackpots reach these levels, everyone starts to daydream about what they would do if they won", Gordon Medenica, Mega Millions lead director, said in a statement.

Sanders wasn't the only one undeterred by the long odds.

"It's the dreams, thinking what you could do with that money, imagining the possibilities", he said.

Once again, MLive will be providing live results of tonight's drawing and will update this story with the winning numbers as they come in.

The Mega Millions drawing is Friday and the Powerball is Saturday night. "It's a insane time when the jackpots get this high", she said.

That means more money for programs that benefit Arizona. But, as THV11's Winnie Wright tells us, the winners aren't the only ones who benefit from the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery.

"I just hope whoever gets it shares it", added fellow ticket-buyer Patrick Travers. At Schnucks on Rockton Ave., players say the jackpot is too big to skip out on. "Obviously the tax would take quite a bit of it, but the rest of it, I would give away to charity", echoed Travers. We don't always hit the jackpot, but we did once in Arkansas.

As of Friday afternoon, the Mega Millions jackpot is at $450 million and Powerball is at $570 million. This is still the fourth-largest jackpot in Mega Millions history and the 11th-largest jackpot in USA lottery history.

But the odds of winning?

Well, no one has won the Mega Millions lottery jackpot since the new rules were put in place (unless someone did last night) and now the top prize has risen to more than $400 million.

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