Mega Millions jackpot up to $450M as drawing nears

06 January, 2018, 02:42 | Author: Chad Mckenzie
  • For someone lucky enough to beat the one in 292 million odds a lump sum Powerball win before taxes would be $348 million

At the end of October of past year, the lottery upped the minimum payout from $15 million to $40 million.

Sanders wasn't the only one undeterred by the long odds. Folks are very excited.

"Sales are definitely higher, and we've seen this in the past when jackpots start ticking up sales definitely tick up as well and that's exciting for everybody", said Cindy Polzin with the Wisconsin Lottery. "Everything is by chance these days so, you gotta be in it to win it", says Lynn.

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

The Friday Mega Millions jackpot has grown to $445 million. The Powerball top prize has skyrocketed to an estimated $550 million for Saturday's drawing- making it the eighth — largest lottery in U.S. history

It's back. The Powerball and Mega Millions numbers have begun to soar, just a year after the Powerball topped $1 billion.

At the KJ's Superstore in Malad, the lottery line has remained steady.

"Well, I got a big family, so I would pay off lots of bills, give some to my church, my community and spend the rest on me", Hurtado said with a chuckle. So what does one do with $400 million?

If Lynn does win, she plans to use the money for good. "Start a program for patients with low incomes that can not afford their medications", said Lee. "If I win, I will tell my kids and grandkids I won, and then I'm out of here!"

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You'd be surprised how many winning tickets are never turned in. "Hopefully, the Georgia Lottery's gonna fill my needs and come my way", said Jeff Carpenter. "That's more than 275,000 scholarships".

The Mega Millions jackpot stood at $450 million, with a $281 million cash option, at mid-day Friday, according to its official website. "And we've got this special $5 bundle - the "5 buck bundle.' If you go in and ask for a '5 buck bundle", you get one of all three ticket, the NSJ ticket being free".

Shop assistant Kaushik Chitalia said: "There are some people coming in the store and they say like 'We are buying the big dream".

"We have at least 11 Powerball Millionaires in Arkansas".

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I never won one of those $15 million Mega Millions jackpots, but I always figured I had a chance. $177 million with Mega Millions.

"It's fun to play", said May.

In fact, the Mega Millions jackpot will be worth about $450 million if a victor is drawn Friday night.

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

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