Published: Sat, January 06, 2018
Money | By Michele Stevens

Almost a billion dollars at stake in MegaMillions, Powerball drawings

Almost a billion dollars at stake in MegaMillions, Powerball drawings

The cut-off for sales is 9:58 p.m. Saturday for Powerball and 10:44 p.m. tonight for Mega Millions.

"I believe in luck, you know?"

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

"For the first time in game history, both Powerball and Mega Millions have advertised jackpots above $400 million at the same time", the N.C. Education Lottery announced Friday. At the same time, one MS lawmaker is promising something that could be more valuable than a winning ticket: an attempt at getting a lottery started in that state.

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Lunchtime at the Riverside Travel Center here sees a lot of in-and-out traffic, and today most of the vehicles in the parking lot had MS license plates.

Lottery officials say Saturday's Powerball jackpot, if won, would be the 5th largest in the game's history. "So if I win, I guarantee I will start a funding specifically for those two".

Last time someone won the Mega Millions jackpot was October 13 and the Powerball last saw a victor October 25. The Powerball is $358.5 million.

"[I'll] buy myself a home. on the lake!", said lottery player Charles Buchanan. The odds of winning that one are 1 in 302 million. This is still the fourth-largest jackpot in Mega Millions history and the 11th-largest jackpot in USA lottery history.

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"I can take care of my family", added Wright. And nearly no one wins either.

I don't play Powerball because there are too many numbers and my chances of winning are too slim. "A shot in the dark, but you have to try".

Sherita Lee has more specific plans if she wins. Those changes also reduced the likelihood of winning the top prize on a given ticket.

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