Mega Millions, Powerball jackpots soar to a combined $1 billion

Mega Millions, Powerball jackpots soar to a combined $1 billion

Naji said. "If you get lucky, you get lucky".

Tickets for each drawing can be purchased up until one hour before drawing. If there's no victor for Saturday's drawing, the next estimated jackpot for Powerball will be $725 million.

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

"I only play a few times a year, when (the jackpot) gets big", Pinter also said. "Obviously the tax would take quite a bit of it, but the rest of it, I would give away to charity", echoed Travers. More numbers were added to the twice-weekly drawings to make the lottery tougher to win.

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.

Americans spend more than $70 billion a year on lotteries.

"From the start, Nevada was against lotteries, it's very interesting, there was a tolerance of legal gambling, legal gaming in casinos early on", said David Schwartz, director, UNLV Center for Gaming Research.

There were 167 prizes worth $1 million or more went unclaimed in fiscal 2017 alone, according to Jacobson's data.

If Mega Millions rolls Friday night, the jackpot could potentially increase up to $560 million and if Powerball rolls Saturday, it could increase up to $725 million. "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". At Schnucks on Rockton Ave., players say the jackpot is too big to skip out on.

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

Koppy said it varies how often the jackpot is hit.

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