Powerball jackpot the largest its been since Mavis win

A customer fills out her Powerball lottery ticket at a convenience store in North Andover Mass

At $337 million, Wednesday's Powerball jackpot is even bigger than the Mega Millions. While these aren't record numbers for either jackpot, some convenience store owners say they are high enough numbers to convince many customers to buy tickets.

The Mega Millions jackpot has been rolling over since October 13, according to the Illinois Lottery. The prize for the Powerball drawing sits at $337 million.

If a MI player win's tonight's $277 million jackpot, it would be the largest Mega Millions prize won in the state. A customer at Jake's Express Shop & Deli, 6104 Highway Y, won the $1 million "Match 5" prize after matching all five white-ball numbers drawn in the December 23 drawing.

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Powerball tickets are $2 per play.

Mega Millions drawings are held Tuesday and Friday at 11 p.m.

There were 322,157 tickets sold that won at least $4 in the drawing.

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The last MI player to win the Mega Millions jackpot was Kevin Blake, of Waterford.

Mega Millions is played in 44 states, plus the District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands.

Friday's jackpot, if won, would be the 13th largest prize in the 15-year history of Mega Millions.

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