$418M Mega Millions jackpot: Odds, deadline, what you need to know

Lottery fever is back Ireland

Lottery fever is back Ireland

The biggest Mega Millions jackpot dates back to 2012 when three winners split $656 million.

Saturday's $570 million jackpot is the fifth-largest Powerball jackpot and the seventh-largest US lottery jackpot.

This past Wednesday night's Powerball drawing resulted in yet another failure to deem a jackpot victor but you know what that means for the next drawing on Saturday night...

There is no need for you to travel from Ireland to the United States to take a chance on winning the Powerball and Mega Millions jackpots.

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"I got two Mega Million and two Powerballs", said Farley. It is possible to play from anywhere by purchasing official tickets at theLotter, the leading online lottery ticket messenger service.

The Powerball lottery numbers will be drawn at 9:59 p.m. on Saturday.

Tickets for both drawings cost $2, the Lottery says. The cash option for Saturday's jackpot is about $359 million.

Now, before you get your hopes up, remember this.

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Players can multiply their Mega Millions prizes (not the jackpot prize) by 2, 3, 4 or 5 times. A recent study by LendEDU, based on reports from lottery offices across the country, found that NY residents spend an average of $399 percent capita on the games of chance that could transform lives with that one big win.

"You never can tell which one's going to win", said Wesley Davis. And the jackpot on Thursday was $445 million, the fourth-highest ever.

The Powerball jackpot, meanwhile, has reached $570 million. This marked the 15th consecutive year over a billion dollars has been transferred to public education. But when the jackpots are as large as they are this week, the store can see between 200 and 300 hopefuls per day. Lottery earnings make up about 14 percent of New York's $23 billion school-aid pot of money.

The odds of winning both the Mega Millions and Powerball jackpots are 1 in 88 quadrillion.

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