Locals try their luck as lottery jackpots hit historic highs

Locals try their luck as lottery jackpots hit historic highs

"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 is also growing.

Instead of opting for the publicised jackpot figure, which is paid out over an annuity paid over 29 years, most lottery winners choose to take a lump sum payment.

The cash option for tonight's drawing is $281 million. The drawing takes place at 9:59 p.m. Friday night. The cost of a ticket was $1 and every time the game restarted, the jackpot was reset to $15 million.

The Mega Millions jackpot has risen up to $450 million while the Powerball is now at a whopping $570 million.

Mega Millions jackpot at $361M for winning numbers drawing tonight
With slightly better odds than the Powerball game, it's rare that months pass without someone winning a Mega Millions jackpot. The biggest Mega Millions jackpot dates back to 2012 when three winners split $656 million.

Two Utahns won $1 million each playing Powerball at KJ's in 2017. To win the jackpot, a player has to match all five numbers plus the Mega number. More numbers were added to the twice-weekly drawings to make the lottery tougher to win.

Van Denton, spokesman for the N.C. Education Lottery, said big jackpots for the two games tend to see-saw.

"We drove all the way here to win the big jackpot", Hurtado said.

No one has hit either jackpot since October, allowing the totals to balloon. What's wrong with the minimum $15 million under the old Mega Millions system, the one with fewer numbers and a better chance of winning?

The winning numbers selected Wednesday night were 2, 18, 37, 39 and 42, and the Powerball number was 12.

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The Mega Millions jackpot is the 4th largest in that game's history.

"When the jackpots reach these levels, everyone starts to daydream about what they would do if they won", Gordon Medenica, Mega Millions lead director, said in a statement.

"The largest Powerball prize ever awarded in Kentucky was $128 million several years ago to a couple out of Georgetown".

"People don't even realize there are secondary prizes", said Jacobson.

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