Mega Millions, Powerball jackpots reach almost $1 billion combined

Mega Millions and Powerball jackpots on Oct. 15 2018

Lottery officials have raised the estimated jackpot for Tuesday (Oct. 16) night's drawing to $667 million, making it the third-largest grand prize in US history.

That makes it the highest Mega Millions award ever, and the third largest lottery prize in US history.

The jackpot for Wednesday's Powerball drawing is about $345 million.

The Mega Millions jackpot is now worth an estimated $654 million, or $372 million in cash before taxes.

Don't start planning your vacation just yet, however.

There was no victor in Tuesday's Mega Millions lottery drawing - and the jackpot keeps growing.

There are a few things you can do to increase your odds.


ORIGINAL STORY 10/16/18If you have dreams of becoming a millionaire, the country's two biggest lotteries could make you one many times over. "So, yes, it is a fun and exciting chance for our players, but it's a big win for schools in our state". "Don't be using grocery money".

In order to win tonight's jackpot, you'd need to match all five white balls and the yellow Mega ball.

Mega Millions is played in 44 states as well as Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The Mega Millions prize was already giant, but now it's absolutely massive. Winning tickets in that drawing came from Illinois, Kansas and Maryland.

"Everybody I know, friends and family, nobody would hurt for anything", said Jerry Mitchell.

Still, residents are hopeful their numbers get called. If you don't win, maybe you'll have better luck Wednesday for the Powerball.

No one has matched all six numbers and won the Mega Millions grand prize since July 24.

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