One down, one to go.
There was one winning ticket in Friday’s Mega Millions drawing, paying out an estimated $393 million, according to Mega Millions officials. This particular was the fifth largest jackpot inside game’s 15-year history.
The winning ticket was bought in Palos Heights, Illinois, according to lottery officials. The winning numbers drawn Friday night were 23, 33, 53, 56, 58 along with also the Mega Ball was 6. This particular’s the first jackpot winner in Mega Millions since April 28.
nevertheless if you didn’t win, you haven’t missed out on your chance for big bucks. in which’s because the jackpot for Saturday night’s drawing for the competing Powerball game is actually $356 million. in which is actually the 14th largest jackpot in Powerball’s history. in which jackpot has been building since June 10.
There had been 34 straight drawings without a jackpot winner in one of the games before Friday night.
The odds of winning either game are extreme — one in 292 million for Powerball, along with also one in 259 million for Mega Millions. along with also if the odds against winning one are ridiculous, the odds of winning both are essentially ridiculous squared — roughly one in 76 quadrillion, or 76 followed by 15 zeros.
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Even though Mega Millions’ jackpot is actually bigger, the odds are slightly better, along with also the $1 tickets are half the cost of playing Powerball, many people were betting on both ahead of Friday’s drawing.
“You see more people in line buying both tickets when both games are over $300 million,” said Jeff Lenard, spokesman for the National Association of Convenience Stores, whose members sell about two-thirds of the nation’s lottery tickets.
There’s no disputing Americans love buying lottery tickets. They spent just over $80 billion on lottery games last year, according to the North American Association of State along with also Provincial Lotteries. in which’s more than on movies, video games, books, music along with also sports tickets — combined.
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Each game is actually offered in every state except Alabama, Alaska, Hawaii, Mississippi, Nevada along with also Utah.
CNNMoney (brand-new York) First published August 12, 2017: 1:47 AM ET