Utahns cross state lines for Powerball, Mega Million tickets

Utahns cross state lines for Powerball, Mega Million tickets

The jackpot could increase prior to the drawing if ticket sales outpace expectations.

Instead of opting for the publicised jackpot figure, which is paid out over an annuity paid over 29 years, most lottery winners choose to take a lump sum payment.

Mega Millions, which is now valued at $450 million, will be drawn tonight, January 5; Powerball will be drawn Saturday, Jan 6.

The top prize was raised ahead of the drawing Friday night.

The combined total of the two jackpots is now a whopping $1.02 billion, making it the third-largest combined total for the two games. Mega Millions drawing is scheduled for one night before a Powerball drawing that will be worth at least $550 million. "If you don't play, you don't win".

With the changes, the odds of winning the jackpot are longer, but players have a better chance at snagging smaller prizes that come with matching some - but not all - of the winning numbers. Puerto Rico also participates in Powerball.

"I've got a lot of plans to do a lot of good things with it", said Ray.




Shop assistant Kaushik Chitalia said: "There are some people coming in the store and they say like 'We are buying the big dream". "They've never both been this high at the same time". The odds of winning the Mega Millions jackpot is only one-in-around-302 million.

The odds of a single ticket hitting all six numbers in the Powerball are 292 million to 1, according to the Multi-State Lottery Association.

Lottery officials say Saturday's Powerball jackpot, if won, would be the 5th largest in the game's history.

"When the jackpots reach these levels, everyone starts to daydream about what they would do if they won", Gordon Medenica, Mega Millions lead director, said in a statement.

The Mega Millions jackpot is the 4th largest in that game's history.

"People are always looking for the big money", he said.

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