Powerball and Mega Millions jackpots now total $801 million

Powerball and Mega Millions jackpots now total $801 million

Powerball and Mega Millions jackpots now total $801 million

Lottery players have a chance at winning two giant jackpots that together amount to almost $800 million.

The Mega Millions jackpot is no slouch, either. Wednesday's Powerball numbers were: 3 - 9 - 16 - 56 - 60 Powerball: 3 Powerplay: 3xNo winning tickets were sold for Saturday's Powerball drawing, which means the jackpot rolled to an estimated $440 million, with a cash option of just over $278 million.

Only once before in history have two U.S. lottery jackpots been simultaneously greater than $300 million, and that occurred in August 2017.

The Mega Millions jackpot for tonight's drawing is up to $361 million.

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"I usually don't play unless the jackpots get to six figures", he said. Both Mega Millions and Powerball have been changed to make the odds of winning the jackpot longer, meaning there will be more frequent giant jackpots.

At no time in history have two USA jackpots been simultaneously greater than $400 million, but that milestone may be reached if the games roll another drawing or two.

While the chance of winning either game is very low, and the chance of winning both is very, very, very low - 1 in 88 quadrillion, or 1 in 88,412,922,115,183,000 to be precise.

Math still suggests buying a lottery ticket is a losing bet. They spent more than $80 billion on them in 2016.

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