Mega Millions, Powerball jackpots worth over $860 million

Roman Schwartz
October 14, 2018

Numbers will be drawn Friday night for a chance at the estimated $548 million Mega Millions prize.

A lucky victor could take home an estimated $548 million in winnings prior to taxes or opt for the cash option, which is estimated to be $309.2 million, after tonight's drawing.

The Powerball drawing, set for Saturday at 10:59 p.m., has a jackpot of $314 million.

The Tuesday drawing marked the 22nd consecutive one where nobody matched all six numbers drawn, according to the lottery website.

The odds of winning are about 300 million-to-1.

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October is beginning to look a lot like Christmas for gamblers, and one Chicago newsstand is playing Santa, handing out 548 free lottery tickets in the Loop Friday ahead of a record-setting prize drawing.

The cash option for Friday night: $309 million.

NY has sold the most Mega Millions jackpot winnings in game history, with 35 wins in the last 16 years.

Jackpot winners have a choice to make: cash or annuity. You can play Mega Millions in 46 localities: 44 states plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The next drawing is Tuesday night with the jackpot expected to be around $654 million.

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