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Mega Millions, Powerball, Hoosier Lotto jackpots soaring

16 October, 2018, 19:50 | Author: Sara Gill
  • Gerry Broome  Associated Press

There hasn't been a Mega Millions victor since 11 California co-workers split a $543 million stake in July. Mega Millions last saw a jackpot victor on July 24 when 11 California co-workers shared a cool $543 million - the largest prize ever won on a single Mega Millions ticket. The last Powerball jackpot, which totaled $245.6 million, was won August 11 by a man in Staten Island, New York.

The chance of matching all six numbers is one in 302 million.

Mega Millions is not the only game in town.

The Mega Millions jackpot is now worth an estimated $654 million, or $372 million in cash before taxes. The largest, just $2 million more, was drawn in March 2012.

Mega Millions lottery tickets rest on a counter at a Pilot travel center near Burlington, N.C., in 2016. There were 2,651,183 "winning" tickets at all prize levels in the October 12 drawing.

Feeling lucky? Then you may want to buy a Mega Millions ticket, as the multi-state lottery game approaches a record jackpot. If those tickets were purchased with the Megaplier option, the prizes would be multiplied to $30,000. Powerball officials announced that Wednesday's jackpot reached $345 million.

The estimated $654 million jackpot refers to the annuity option, paid out over 29 years.

The next Powerball drawing will be held on Wednesday.



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