"This is an exciting time because it marks the first time ever that we've seen both jackpots simultaneously reach these levels", said Pennsylvania Lottery Executive Director Drew Svitko.
To woo occasional lottery ticket buyers with the promise of huge jackpots, the consortium that runs the Mega Millions game in October tinkered with the odds to drive sales.
The largest Mega Millions jackpot in history was $656 million.
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Officials at the Missouri Lottery are reminding people to play responsibly and urging people "Play within your means, it only takes a dollar to win".
The consortium of 44 states plus the Virgin Islands and the District of Columbia in October widened the odds for winning the big jackpot from 1 in 259 million to 1 in 303 million.More news: President Trump: "Mexico Will Pay for the Wall"
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The Powerball lottery could soon break its own record and even the Irish can "purchase a Powerball ticket.play the game and.collect prizes". The Powerball drawing is set for Saturday night.
"That's more than enough to take care of you and your family", he said. Mega Millions costs $2 to play.
Or if you're one of those people who do better with percentages: You have a 0.0000000000000011 percent chance of winning both games.
"I wish there were at least ten winners because it is too much money for only one people", said lottery player Jorge Knapp. The winning Quick Pick ticket was purchased at a 7-Eleven in Port Richey, Florida.
Combined, both lottery jackpots will exceed 1 billion dollars. That's nearly $4 billion dollars in prize money.
Baghdad resident M.M. had been playing lotteries at theLotter for only a few months when he won the $6.4 million USD Oregon Megabucks jackpot in August 2015. The cash value for Powerball is near $358 million.