Mega Millions Jackpot Rises To $361 Million; Powerball At $440 Million

Mega Millions Jackpot Rises To $361 Million; Powerball At $440 Million

Mega Millions Jackpot Rises To $361 Million; Powerball At $440 Million

Four jackpots have been won during that time frame, including the seventh largest prize ever, $380 million on January 4, 2011; winners in Idaho and Washington shared that jackpot. Mega Millions has odds of one in 302.6 million and Powerball is slightly better at one in 292.2 million.

Despite bitter cold temperatures, lottery players are flocking to places around the Tri-State region to get the hottest tickets around - Powerball and Mega Millions. It's the second time that Powerball and Mega Millions have had jackpots bigger than $300 million at the same time.

And Americans do love buying lottery tickets.

People in South Mississippi are cranking up the vehicle heater and heading for the border, dreaming on the ride to Louisiana of Florida what they'll do with the money if they win the $440 million Powerball jackpot or $343 million Mega Millions drawing this week.

The Mega Millions jackpot has been growing since someone won at $42 million dollar jackpot on October 13. It has a $215 million cash option and the drawing is Tuesday evening. The $343 million prize would be the eighth-highest won, according to the Mega Millions website.

Lottery players have a chance at winning two giant jackpots that together amount to almost $800 million.

Without a victor, both lottery games have fattened, with top prizes well above $300 million. Multipliers are available in all states offering the games except California, which bans the type of fixed prize payouts awarded by multipliers.

The drawing will be just before 11 p.m., when five white balls and one red ball are drawn.

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