The combined jackpots for the Mega Millions and Powerball soared to over $ 1 billion on Saturday after Friday night’s draw for the Mega Millions produced no big winners.
The Powerball pot stands at $ 470 million, while the Mega Millions climbs to $ 600 million.
May Scheve Reardon, executive director of the Missouri Lottery, said in a statement Friday that it had been a few years since the two games offered such big prizes.
“We want our players to have fun, especially when there are two big rolling jackpots to start the new year,” Mega Millions senior manager Gordon Medenica said in a press release, urging those who buy a ticket. to take security measures.
“While we always encourage responsible gambling, it is even more important in these difficult times to wear a mask and maintain social distancing when purchasing your tickets,” he said.
This is the fourth time in Mega Millions history that the pot has reached $ 600 million. It rose after no tickets matched all six numbers – 3, 6, 16, 18, and 58, plus the gold Mega Ball 11 – after Friday night’s draw.
Five tickets matched the five white ball numbers for the second prize. They have been sold in New York, California, New Jersey, Georgia and Massachusetts.
The next Mega Millions draw will take place on Tuesday. If there is a first prize winner, the cash option will be $ 442.4 million.
There hasn’t been a jackpot winner since September 2020 when a ticket to Wisconsin took home the $ 120 million prize.
The next Powerball draw will take place on Saturday evening. The $ 470 million pot is the 10th biggest in history. A grand prize winner could take home $ 362.7 million with the cash option.
The last jackpot winning ticket for Powerball also dates back to September 2020, when a ticket worth over $ 94 million was sold in New York City.
The odds of winning are one in over 300 million, but that doesn’t stop a lot of people from dreaming big.