Mega Millions $900M, Powerball $430M Jackpots Await This Weekend



The Mega Millions jackpot beat its own record once again after no ticket matched all the six numbers in the drawing Tuesday night.

The prize is the second-largest jackpot in US history, behind only a $1.6 billion Powerball prize won in 2016.

The Mega Millions jackpot just hit a record $US970 million ($1.4 billion), the second-largest U.S. lottery pool ever, trailing only the $US1.59 billion Powerball prize in 2016.

A $1 million ticket was sold at a Shop-Rite in Morris County that matched five of the five white balls from Wednesday evening's drawings.

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Lottery officials say the ticket was sold at the Minit Mart #664 on Leestown Road.

And if you have noticed a run of eye-popping jackpots from Mega Millions and the similarly designed Powerball recently, that's by design, too.

"I can't recall quite a similar situation in recent years", PA Lottery spokesperson Jeffrey Johnson told KDKA money editor Jon Delano on Thursday.

Dreams of being a billionaire are now in reach, thanks to the Mega Millions. The changes made it less likely that any given ticket will win the top prize, but they increased chances of winning smaller prizes.

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The jackpots for the nation's two largest lottery games continue to grow.

The odds of winning a jackpot remain abysmal at 1 in 302 million for Mega Millions and 1 in 292.2 million for Powerball.

The Mega Millions jackpot has been building since July 24, the last time the grand prize jackpot was won.

The next Powerball drawing takes place 11 p.m. EDT Saturday. There are smaller prizes, from $2 up to $1 million, for matching some, but not all, numbers.

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Since Mega Millions modified the formula, players now pick five numbers from 1 to 70 and a Mega number of 1 to 25. Add that up, and you get $1.33 billion.

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