Powerball, Mega Millions Jackpots Both Exceed $400 Million

Geneva Matthews
January 8, 2018

Two American lotteries are offering incredible jackpot prizes just in time for the New Year and you, too, have a chance to win them from Ireland!

The Powerball jackpot for Saturday was raised to a $570 million annuity value or a $358.5 million cash prize.

With no winners yet, the Powerball and Mega Millions jackpots have crossed $550 million and $440 million, respectively, and people are buying tickets like insane to try their luck.

Friday night's Mega Millions jackpot is worth at least $445 million and is the fourth-largest in the history of the game.

The prize is now the 11th-largest jackpot in US history.

Although my office has played some of the bigger lotteries in the past, I've opted out. The deadline to buy Powerball tickets is 7:00 p.m. Saturday night.

In August, seven people claimed a winning $1 million Powerball ticket.

They stood in line at Thrifty Beverage in the City of Poughkeepsie Friday morning, waiting to purchase lottery tickets and dreaming of being a lucky victor.

Two lottery drawings does technically imply more opportunities to win - but really, you should check your hopes at the convenience store counter.

Players can multiply their Mega Millions prizes (not the jackpot prize) by 2, 3, 4 or 5 times.

The news outlet reports that the longer odds have not refrained people from purchasing tickets - but quite the opposite.

"You never can tell which one's going to win", said Wesley Davis.

The lump sum payout of the $445 million is $277 million. The largest Powerball jackpot on record was $1.586 billion, which was won last January.

A gas station employee said Dickerson stole 128 scratchers, exactly $1,400 worth of tickets. This marked the 15th consecutive year over a billion dollars has been transferred to public education. Jackpots have reached rare-air territory for both widely played games. That's nearly $4 billion dollars in prize money. The group chose the cash option and each person received a little over $142,000 after state and federal taxes.

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