More Rollovers: Mega Millions and Powerball jackpots total almost $700M

by Ben Pena December 30, 2017, 0:27
More Rollovers: Mega Millions and Powerball jackpots total almost $700M

By late August, the Powerball had reached $758.7 million, which all went to victor Mavis Wanczyk of MA, making it the largest prize ever awarded to a single ticket.

The Mega Millions jackpot stands at $306 million, and lottery officials say the lump-sum cash amount is an estimated $193.1 million. Ronald gives them good luck by placing the ticket (s) on his forehead, saying a prayer and making a gesture to his heart, then rubbing the tickets on one of the original blue bird statues at the store. Both drawings will happen before the end of the year - the last Mega Millions drawing is at 11 p.m. ET on Friday, and the final Powerball drawing of the year is at 10:59 p.m. ET on Saturday.

Another $2 will buy a ticket for Saturday night's Powerball drawing. The price of a ticket also increased to $2.

There hasn't been a Mega Millions jackpot victor since before the October 31 change of odds, a string of 21 straight drawings. The new optional $3 wager Just the Jackpot allows players to receive two entries for a chance to win the game's jackpot prize only. That jackpot was also the second largest in the game's history and the second largest in US lottery history.

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And Americans do love buying lottery tickets.

The Mega Millions jackpot has grown since October 17 and has rolled 21 times.

The move was similar to one made by Powerball in October 2015. They spent more than $80 billion on them in 2016.

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