Locals try their luck as lottery jackpots hit historic highs

  • Locals try their luck as lottery jackpots hit historic highs

Locals try their luck as lottery jackpots hit historic highs

It's back. The Powerball and Mega Millions numbers have begun to soar, just a year after the Powerball topped $1 billion.

The jackpot goes to a victor who matches the five numbers and the Powerball number, but winners also can win smaller prizes by matching some of the numbers.

That's because the Mega Millions and Powerball lottery games are promising some of the highest payouts on record. "Can you really spend that much money?" Players now buy a ticket for $2, $3 if they add Power Play. Naji said. "If you get lucky, you get lucky". At Schnucks on Rockton Ave., players say the jackpot is too big to skip out on. "Hopefully, the Georgia Lottery's gonna fill my needs and come my way", said Jeff Carpenter. Friday, January 5th, there are back to back lottery jackpots that are in the hundreds of millions of dollars - and that fever is burning twice as hot. "Obviously the tax would take quite a bit of it, but the rest of it, I would give away to charity", echoed Travers.

If no one gets the winning numbers, it will roll over and could reach $720 million.

Powerball and Mega Millions tickets are available at Hoosier Lottery retailers.

"One goes way up, and somebody wins it, and it starts over, and then the other jackpot goes up", he said. The odds of winning the Mega Millions jackpot is one in 302.5 million. This is still the fourth-largest jackpot in Mega Millions history and the 11th-largest jackpot in US lottery history.

Jimmy Kied has never sold a jackpot winning ticket at Gabe Mart on Jones Franklin Road in Raleigh, but the store has sold several tickets that won smaller prizes, he said.

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