Tuesday, 24 April, 2018

Locals try their luck as lottery jackpots hit historic highs

Locals try their luck as lottery jackpots hit historic highs Locals try their luck as lottery jackpots hit historic highs
Lindsey Cook | 06 January, 2018, 02:55

To put that in perspective, you're more likely to get struck by lightning, become president of the United States, get bitten by a shark or crushed by an asteroid, among many other more probable zany events, than win either the Powerball or the Mega Millions.

"I believe in luck, you know?"

"You've got a chance".

The Mega Millions numbers will be drawn Friday night and the wining Powerball numbers will be announced Saturday.

You'd be surprised how many winning tickets are never turned in.

"Since both these jackpots started rolling at the beginning of December, we've generated more than $26 billion in sales and that has a potential transfer rate of more than $9.5 million back to the state of Arizona", said Chris.

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

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The Powerball jackpot for Saturday is now $570 million, with a cash option of $358.5 million. I could help some friends and then enjoy the rest of the $10 million or so I would take home after taxes.

But the odds are very, very long. This is still the fourth-largest jackpot in Mega Millions history and the 11th-largest jackpot in US lottery history. More numbers were added to the twice-weekly drawings to make the lottery tougher to win. Two ticket holders - one in Rhode Island, the other in MI, split a $42 million prize.

I don't play Powerball because there are too many numbers and my chances of winning are too slim.

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

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

Strong ticket sales have pushed the MegaMillions prize to $445 million dollars for Friday night's drawing.

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