Published: Wed, January 03, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

Powerball, Mega Millions jackpots top a combined $800 million

Powerball, Mega Millions jackpots top a combined $800 million

That's because there are a pair of nine-digit lottery jackpots being played this week.

The Mega Millions jackpot for tonight's drawing is up to $363 million.

The Mega Millions jackpot is up to $343 million, while the Powerball jackpot is up to $440 million.

The odds of winning the Mega Millions are 1 in 302,575,350, according to CNBC.

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

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"Whenever the jackpots reach totals above $300 million we start to notice more and more people coming in to get tickets", said Joanie Maloney, assistant manager at Stogie's.

Mega Millions draws on Tuesdays and Fridays at 11 p.m.

The last time anyone won was on October 13, when Mega Millions winners in MI and Rhode Island shared the $42 million drawing. SiLive will also post the winning numbers. The Powerball jackpot is even bigger at $440 million for Wednesday's drawing.

The winning numbers for the Mega Millions game are drawn from a field of 1 to 75. The jackpot is about $440 million or a $278.3 million cash option, the highest since August 23, when a ticket sold in Chicopee won a $758.7 million jackpot.

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