Arkansas Powerball reaches $570M, Mega Millions at $450M

06 January, 2018, 02:17 | Author: Phil Peters
  • Lottery fever is back Ireland

It would bring in millions of dollars in new revenue, and keep lottery fans from having to travel across state lines to get in the game.

At stake in Friday's 11 p.m. EST (0400 GMT Saturday) Mega Millions drawing is a $450 million prize, the fourth-largest in its history with a $281 million payout if the victor selects a lump-sum payment.

But it's not a big as the Powerball jackpot available Saturday night.

The cash option for tonight's drawing is $281 million.

Powerball is drawn at 10:59 p.m. EST on Wednesdays and Saturdays, while Mega Millions drawings happen at 11 p.m. EST on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Last January, a record $1.586 billion was won in the Powerball contest, while the record winnings for Mega Millions occurred in 2012 when three winners shared a $656 million jackpot, 6ABC reported.

Manager Jeff Green said almost all of the players getting lotto tickets are from Utah, since gambling is illegal in the Beehive State.

"I figure taxes and stuff, it's worth it when it gets up to $300 million or so", said Nate Boos, bought lottery ticket.

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The likelihood of winning either of these jackpots is close to 1-in-300 million and the likelihood of winning both the jackpots, totaling more than $1.2 billion, is 1-in-88-quadrillion.

Less than a five minute drive away, sales of the namesake lottery game have been on the increase.

Your odds of pulling that one off?

Both jackpots have been rolling since October.

If no one gets the winning numbers, it will roll over and could reach $720 million.

Recent big Powerball wins in North Dakota include a $100,000 Powerball with Power Play purchased from a Superpumper in Minot on December 30.

I never won one of those $15 million Mega Millions jackpots, but I always figured I had a chance.

"I would be giving most of it away", said Lynn.

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