Want to be a billionaire? This lottery jackpot is a good start

Want to be a billionaire? This lottery jackpot is a good start

Want to be a billionaire? This lottery jackpot is a good start

The estimated $654 million jackpot refers to the annuity option, paid out over 29 years.

Meanwhile, the grand prize for Friday's Mega Millions drawing has climbed to a new record of $900 million, or $494 million cash. The other significant change that helped fuel the jackpot growth was the increase in the Mega Millions ticket price, which doubled to $2.

The jackpot has been growing since July, when some California office workers won $543 million. When the jackpots flirt with the half-billion-dollar mark, state lotteries don't even feel the need to advertise, he said. The odds of winning the top prize were 1 in 258,890,850.

The odds of winning the jackpot aren't good, at one in 302.5 million. Players get five numbers from 1 to 70 and one Mega number between 1 and 25. The numbers were 3, 45, 49, 61, 69 and Mega Ball 9.

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The estimated jackpot for Saturday's Powerball drawing has climbed to $430 million, according to the Powerball website, after there was no grand prize victor following Wednesday night's drawing.

"It really draws in what we call the infrequent player", says Johnson. Combined with the Powerball jackpot, which is now at $345 million, the jackpots have reached a total of $999 million. The next drawing is Friday.

Two big jackpots at the same time, says Smithfield News owner Kashif Malik, adds up to more ticket buyers. Sales were still down, compared with 2016, when they surpassed $80 billion, according to the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries.

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