Mega Millions, Powerball jackpots reach almost $1 billion combined

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

On Oct. 17, Ronnie Parker of Dawson Springs cashed a $1 million ticket from Tuesday night's Mega Millions drawing.

Sure sure, someone needs to win eventually, we know.

The last time anyone won the Mega Millions jackpot was July 24, when a group from California claimed a $543 million prize.

If you do decide to go for it Odlyzko says there's only one way to be certain you and you alone take home the pot.

This can get complicated, but for the most part winners pay taxes where they bought the ticket and then can get a credit on their taxes in their home state.

"Only when the jackpot is this huge", said Thomas.

You would have to be the only one to hand select just over 302 million tickets.

"More people playing does not have an effect on an individual player's chance of winning", says Johnson.

"People, when they chose numbers do not chose randomly, they like certain numbers and don't like other digits".

Here's how Mega Millions used to work: Players picked five numbers from 1 to 75 and a Mega number from 1 to 15. You can pick your own numbers or the computer will do it for you. That is if you're numbers are called.

However, its second-biggest one of all time for $656 million happened in 2012 before the tweak. "That's worth two dollars", said Robert Doty, the executive director of the Minnesota Lottery.

At the Smithfield News in Downtown Pittsburgh, there was a steady stream of lottery ticket buyers. The drawing is tomorrow. Carole Gentry, a spokeswoman for the Maryland lottery, said the requirement is seven to 10 days in that state.

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