Mega Millions prize of $654M is nation's 4th-largest

Mega Millions prize of $654M is nation's 4th-largest

Then on Wednesday, Powerball offers a $345 million jackpot.

The increase from $654 million reflects a surge in ticket sales. And there's even more fun with $862 million in combined jackpots for Mega Millions and Powerball.

Did someone say $1 billion in jackpots?

The amount you will win is likely $0, because the odds of winning either jackpot are one in several hundred million.

The next drawing will be held Tuesday, Oct. 13, and there is a $372.6 million cash option for the $654 million jackpot.

Mega Millions is not the only game in town.


The last time anyone won the jackpot was July 24, when a group from California claimed a $543 million prize.

Still, even the combined total wouldn't break the record USA lottery prize.

Even though no one took home Friday's big prize, there were 2,651,183 winning tickets on the October 12 across all prize levels. If those tickets were purchased with the Megaplier option, the prizes would be multiplied to $30,000. That historic drawing, back in March 2012, for $656 million was shared between ticket holders in Illinois, Kansas, and Maryland.

The next Powerball drawing will be held on Wednesday.

"Jackpot fever is definitely sweeping the country!' Medenica said".

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