Published: Mon, October 22, 2018
Finance | By Cynthia Curry

Powerball, Mega Millions jackpots hit $2 billion after no winners Saturday

Powerball, Mega Millions jackpots hit $2 billion after no winners Saturday

The Powerball prize climbed to $620 million after no one hit all six numbers in Saturday night's drawing - but it's the Mega Millions' already-record $1.6 billion kitty that's garnering all the attention.

One Powerball ticket sold in CT is now worth $1 million after Saturday's drawing.

With no winning ticket picked Saturday, the combined total between the Mega Millions and Powerball lotteries has now reached a mind-blowing $2.2 billion.

The Mega Millions lottery in the United States may see a streak of jackpot rollovers end as it heads towards a record $US1.6 billion ($2.2 billion). But like Mega Millions, no one took home Powerball and the pot continues to rise. The victor can also opt for a cash prize of more than $354 million, from which the federal government will take 25% right away, and more later. Many hopefuls haven't played before.

Lottery fever is running rampant, and North Carolina players have as good a chance as anyone at winning the games.

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Mega Millions tickets are sold in 44 US states, the District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands.

The spike in the Mega Millions ticket price, from $1 to to $2, brought a major change to the starting amount.

The odds of winning the Mega Millions jackpot are one in 302,575,350, but the odds of winning any of the lesser prizes are one in 24.

The consortium of lottery officials is holding its next conference call Monday morning to analyze ticket sales from over the weekend to determine whether it can up the jackpot.

Mega Millions is played in 44 states Washington, D.C., and the US Virgin Islands.

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