Lotto fever: Combined Powerball, Mega Millions prizes surpass $1 billion

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The jackpot continues to roll over to an estimated $418 million after no ticket matched all six numbers: 1, 42, 47, 64, 70, plus the gold Mega Ball, 22.

That would make it the nation's 8th largest lottery prize ever.

The top prize for the 10:59 p.m. drawing stands at $460 million with a cash option of $291 million. They chose the cash option of $119,492,684.81 and received a check for $83,644,879 after federal and state taxes were deduced.

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Lottery officials said the jackpot will grow to an estimated $550 million for Saturday night's drawing, which would make it the eighth largest lottery prize in US history.

Both games have rolled over 19 times with no one winning either jackpot. The largest of those was August 23 when Mavis Wanczyk of Chicopee, Mass. bought a ticket worth $758.7 million.

If you purchased a Powerball ticket in southeast Louisiana, you may want to recheck your numbers.

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The odds of winning the Mega Millions jackpot are 1 in more than 302 million. The cash prize would be almost $348 million before taxes.

Powerball is played in 44 states, as well as Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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