Mega Millions, Powerball jackpots reach almost $1 billion combined

19 October, 2018, 08:56 | Author: Brooke Harris
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The Kentucky Lottery says the Mega Millions jackpot is closer to $1 billion ahead of Friday's drawing.

Unfortunately, even as the big prize for Tuesday night's Mega Millions drawing increases to the fourth-largest in USA history, the odds of matching all six numbers and winning the game don't improve.

There was no victor in Tuesday's Mega Millions lottery drawing.

"Florida Lottery players will never be required to transfer funds to secure their winnings for Mega Millions or any other Florida Lottery game", the Florida Lottery said in a news release.

The winning Powerball numbers from Wednesday night's drawing were: 3 - 57 - 64 - 68 - 69.

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With no winners for Wednesday's drawing, the Powerball is now worth an estimated $430 million for Saturday's drawing.

N.C. officials said that in Tuesday's drawing, 93,726 tickets sold in North Carolina won a prize, ranging from $2 to $10,000.

Every lottery ticket buyer believes that, and why not? The Powerball number was 15.

"It really draws in what we call the infrequent player", says Johnson. It had increased early Wednesday to $868 million and officials raised the jackpot to $900 million later in the day.

The jackpots for the nation's two largest lottery games continue to grow. About half of the jackpot winnings would go to taxes. Sales were still down, compared with 2016, when they surpassed $80 billion, according to the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries. For instance, a KPCC/LAist investigation in California "found contributions to education by the lottery are essentially unchanged from 12 years ago, even though revenues are up by billions".

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