Lottery Mania: two large jackpots has people eager to buy tickets

Lottery Mania: two large jackpots has people eager to buy tickets

She says higher jackpots mean more ticket sales.

It's been the first time in in history both major nationwide lottery jackpots are above $400 million at the same time. The odds of winning that one are 1 in 302 million.

"You've got a chance". For an extra dollar, the player can upgrade their card to a Power Play ticket, which will multiply winnings on all prizes besides the grand prize up to five times. If there's no victor for Saturday's drawing, the next estimated jackpot for Powerball will be $725 million. "Probably not a victor but between now and then I'm spending millions and millions of dollars", said Gino Smith, bought lottery ticket.

The Mega Millions numbers will be drawn Friday night and the wining Powerball numbers will be announced Saturday.

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I still play Mega Millions, but I have cut back on the number of tickets I buy because of the increase in cost.

"One goes way up, and somebody wins it, and it starts over, and then the other jackpot goes up", he said.

Lunchtime at the Riverside Travel Center here sees a lot of in-and-out traffic, and today most of the vehicles in the parking lot had MS license plates.

I never won one of those $15 million Mega Millions jackpots, but I always figured I had a chance.

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"I can take care of my family", added Wright.

The Ohio Lottery's Marie Kilbane says the jackpot for tonight's Mega Millions drawing is $450 million and tomorrow's Powerball jackpot is $550 million. This is still the fourth-largest jackpot in Mega Millions history and the 11th-largest jackpot in USA lottery history.

If no one gets the winning numbers, it will roll over and could reach $720 million.

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