Mega Millions, Powerball Tip $1 Billion in Combined Jackpots

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Even when Cheryl Lynn was told she's more likely to win an Olympic gold medal than win the lottery, which, statistically, she is, her resolve held. Why did officials have to go making it tougher to win the Mega Millions jackpot-and up the tickets from $1 to $2 (the same as Powerball). What's wrong with the minimum $15 million under the old Mega Millions system, the one with fewer numbers and a better chance of winning?

In fact, the Mega Millions jackpot will be worth about $450 million if a victor is drawn Friday night.

Saturday's 10:59 p.m. EST Powerball drawing is worth $570 million, with a $358.5 million lump-sum payment that is the fifth-largest in its history, according to organizers.

You probably can't, but unfortunately, you probably also won't get the chance to, especially if you're shooting for the moon and hoping to win both the Powerball and the Mega Millions. The odds of winning are one in 292.2 million. The numbers keep going up and Vic Singh says the lines get longer and the parking lot gets more slammed when hundreds of millions are at stake. "It's a insane time when the jackpots get this high", she said. I still play Mega Millions, but I have cut back on the number of tickets I buy because of the increase in cost.

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Stateline lottery players see something they have never seen before, not one but two jackpots totaling more than a billion dollars. And nearly no one wins either.

Follow the drawing, MLive will publish an update in the morning that includes whether or not anyone won the jackpot. The odds of picking the right six numbers for the Mega Millions jackpot are 303 million to 1, the game said.

"I would be giving most of it away", said Lynn.

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