Mega Millions, Powerball jackpots reach almost $1 billion combined



The Mega Millions jackpot stands at $900 million, and will likely go up before Friday's drawing. The estimated jackpot for that drawing would be the second-largest lottery prize in USA history.

Powerball and Mega Millions are the two games with the largest payouts offered by the N.C. Education Lottery, and both are sold in many other states.

And if you want to buy Mega Millions tickets in time for a chance to win the almost $1 billion jackpot, take note that tickets are sold in 44 states, plus Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

For comparison, MI players bought 3.8 million tickets for Tuesday night's drawing - with 2.6 million purchased on Tuesday alone - when the jackpot was $667 million. The odds of winning the Mega Millions jackpot are 1 in 302 million.

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As of Thursday afternoon, the Mega Millions jackpot has grown to $970 million.

Nine Mega Millions tickets from Tuesday's drawing matched five white balls to win the second prize - $1 million.

Our biggest ever win was $44m on a ticket purchased in Dairy Flat, north of Auckland, in 2016.

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The Mega Millions jackpot is displayed as a customer leaves the Corner Market, on Wed., Oct. 17, 2018, in Lyndhurst, Ohio.

"Ultimately, these games, they're all about the jackpots", Gordon Medenica, Maryland's lottery and gaming director, said Wednesday. There are smaller prizes, from $2 up to $1 million, for matching some, but not all, numbers.

Tickets are $2 and players choose five numbers from 1 to 69 and one Powerball number from 1 to 26.

Believe it or not, this week's combined billion-dollar haul is not the biggest prize in the lottery's history.

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