Mega Millions' jackpot rises to $450M, Powerball up to $570M

Hannah Rogers
January 6, 2018

The Mega Millions jackpot for Friday's drawing is worth $450 million, the fifth largest in the game's history.

A ticket for the US lottery Powerball sits on a counter in a store on Kenmare Street in Manhattan, New York.

The combined total of the two jackpots is now a whopping $1.02 billion, making it the third-largest combined total for the two games.

Lottery fever has quickly spread across the USA, with eager punters queuing up outside convenience stores to buy the $2 (£1.50) tickets.

All day on Friday, the manager at the Sun Fresh Supermarket near Mill Street and Southwest Trafficway in Westport says the line at his customer service counter was buzzing around the clock.

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Last year, Americans spent $80.5bn (£59.3m) on lottery tickets and scratch cards, according to the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries. The winning numbers Tuesday were 1, 42, 47, 64 and 70, and the Mega Millions number was 22. Puerto Rico also participates in Powerball. The biggest Mega Millions jackpot was in 2012, when three winners split $656 million.

No one has hit either jackpot since October, allowing the totals to balloon. Powerball has odds of one in 292.2 million.

Two competing American lotteries - Powerball and Mega Millions - have a combined jackpot of over $1bn (£737m) after going months without a jackpot victor.

Tickets for each drawing can be purchased up until one hour before drawing. The odds of picking the right six numbers for the Mega Millions jackpot are 303 million to 1, the game said.

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