Lottery jackpots combine over $1 billion this weekend

Hannah Rogers
January 6, 2018

Another customer, Tom Newman, who said he would spend the money on his family and travelling around the world, admitted he wasn't feeling optimistic: "Like absolutely zero chance, but a tiny bit more than zero, so that's why I bothered wasting the money". Powerball has a $4 prize for picking just the Powerball number correctly, while Mega Millions has a $2 prize for getting its Mega Millions number.

That's because there are now longer odds in both games, leading to less frequent jackpot winners and thus more frequent large jackpots.

The odds of winning the Mega Millions jackpot is 1 in 302.5 million.

The odds of a single ticket hitting all six numbers in the Powerball are 292 million to 1, according to the Multi-State Lottery Association. The odds of winning both are one in 75.6 quadrillion. In fact, Americans spent more than $80 billion on them in 2016, which is more than they spent on movies, video games, music, sports tickets and books combined. He hopes someone from Mason City or nearby will win the jackpot, because it will bring publicity to North Iowa.

At the South High Carryout and Drive-Thru, players lined up to buy their tickets. After paying off her bills and debts, Petty said she would use her winnings to buy a house and auto and to give money to her children.

"I want to help out all of the little dogs and cats", she said.

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Rosalyn Nesmith bought two tickets and says she's sticking to her routine despite what others say. What would you do if you won the lottery? "I don't know how it would be, but it'd be something. Hopefully, the Georgia Lottery's gonna fill my needs and come my way", said Jeff Carpenter. She said she would donate money to the city to fund various projects that might not get done without her help and then buy a house and a vehicle.

There's a misnomer that people in Arkansas don't win the big bucks, but she says that's not true. Players are already making plans.

"I would sit on it, let it grow, let it gather interest", Aldrighetti said.

"I would drink it away", said Steve Schmidt, of Joplin.

"I'd donate a lot to education", he said.

Friday's Mega Millions winning numbers are 70, 59, 30, 28, 39 and 10. Mega Millions tickets are sold in 43 states plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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