Mega Millions jackpot closes in on half a billion dollars

Marie Harrington
January 8, 2018

"Just these jackpot rollovers, for Mega Millions will produce at this point right now 18.7 million dollars for education", says Randy Fox the Tallahassee District Manager at the Florida Lottery.

The last Mega Millions jackpot victor was October 13 -12 weeks ago.

Lottery players will get another shot to get rich on Saturday with the Powerball drawing.

More than $1 billion is up for grabs Friday and Saturday with a pair of lottery jackpots in the Mega Millions and Powerball drawings.

The odds of winning the Mega Millions jackpot are 1 in more than 302 million.

Net lottery revenues for 2017 were $9.7 billion, down $15 million from 2016, according to the New York State Lottery's independent audit. Winners who opt for the cash option would take home $358.5 million.

The odds of picking all six Powerball numbers correctly is about one in 292 million.

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According to statistics provided by the Texas Lottery, the most common gold Mega Ball number since October 31, 2017 (when the game changed to its current format) is the No. 22 (three times).

There's a certain thrill you get scouring a scratcher.

"I wish there were at least ten winners because it is too much money for only one people", said lottery player Jorge Knapp.

Twelve days later, a lottery partnership in Louisiana won the $192 million Powerball jackpot, marking the last time either game has seen a victor. Hamilton chose the cash option and received a lump sum of $355,000. WGN reports that the larger jackpots are, the more sales skyrocket. Aid to education was $3.3 billion, down $33 million from the previous year. Lottery earnings make up about 14 percent of New York's $23 billion school-aid pot of money. The Powerball jackpot is already the sixth-largest in the history of that game as well.

A precipitous decline in the Powerball revenues were in part responsible for the decline.

Wednesday's Powerball had secondary prizes worth $29.97 million.

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