Two multimillion-dollar lottery jackpots up for grabs

Two multimillion-dollar lottery jackpots up for grabs

Math still suggests buying a lottery ticket is a losing bet.

The estimated prize, which has a cash value of $278 million, marks the ninth-largest jackpot in the game's history, according to the Powerball website.

The top Powerball prize is now a $440 million annuity, or $278 million in cash.

The Mega Millions jackpot for tonight's drawing is up to $361 million.

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Powerball and Mega Millions have been rising steadily for the past few weeks, with both games' jackpots now at the point where even casual lottery players start to put ticket-buying on their list of things to do in the next few days.

The very next Mega Millions drawing was won by a single lottery ticket sold in IL.

"Having all three of these jackpots climbing at the same time has generated considerable excitement and we encourage people to keep the experience of playing these games fun by playing responsibly", Michael Sweeney, executive director of the Massachusetts State Lottery, said in a statement.

The Mega Millions drawing is televised every Tuesday and Friday at 11 p.m. on selected television stations. Mega millions made a change in October, giving you more numbers to choose from - and making it harder to win.

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The winning numbers will be drawn Wednesday.

On Saturday night, no one matched all six Powerball numbers, sending Wednesday's drawing to $440 million. The odds of winning the jackpot with a $2 ticket are 1 in 30,821,472.

The official Ohio Lottery site offers more information on instant tickets, raffles and other lottery games.

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