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

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

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

At the end of October of a year ago, the lottery upped the minimum payout from $15 million to $40 million. The odds of winning that one are 1 in 302 million. Folks are very excited.

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

"I bought 20-something dollars worth of merchandise", he said as he held a brown bag of items he picked up while across the state line.

The largest Powerball jackpot was a $1.6 billion payout split among winners in California, Florida and Tennessee in January 2016, the association said.

"I just hope whoever gets it shares it", added fellow ticket-buyer Patrick Travers.

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"I only play a few times a year, when (the jackpot) gets big", Pinter also said. So what does one do with $400 million?

Sherita Lee has more specific plans if she wins. "Start a program for patients with low incomes that can not afford their medications", said Lee. "'I won?! No! I didn't!' Of course there would be a jubilation". "Can you really spend that much money?" "Hopefully, the Georgia Lottery's gonna fill my needs and come my way", said Jeff Carpenter. And if you gave each child $10 million, they would have to pay taxes on that amount so the government (or tax lawyers, if you tried to shelter the gift) would take even more of your winnings. "That's more than 275,000 scholarships".

According to the insurance company Allstate, your chances of winning the Powerball are about 1 in 290 million, and the likelihood of you taking home the Mega Millions are roughly 1 in 258 million. "And we've got this special $5 bundle - the "5 buck bundle.' If you go in and ask for a '5 buck bundle", you get one of all three ticket, the NSJ ticket being free".

"We drove all the way here to win the big jackpot", Hurtado said.

"We have at least 11 Powerball Millionaires in Arkansas".

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