Mega Millions, Powerball jackpots total $1.3 billion

A Massachusetts Powerball player was one of three people nationwide to come away with $1 million Wednesday night after the person's ticket matched all five numbers selected, officials said.

Two national lottery games - Mega Millions and Powerball - are sporting huge jackpots, topping a billion in total combined winnings.

The Mega Millions jackpot stands at $900 million, and will likely go up before Friday's drawing.

Excitement had already mounted earlier this week as many speculated whether the Mega Millions jackpot would hit a new record high.

Powerball is now at an estimated $430 million and Hoosier Lotto is an estimated $18.8 million. But only recently has the game been shelling out massive jackpots.

Dreams of being a billionaire are now in reach, thanks to the Mega Millions.

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The odds of winning the Powerball jackpot are 1 in 292 million.

While this insane total is easily enough to make it the highest Mega Millions jackpot ever, it would not be the biggest lottery grand prize in USA history.

The next Powerball drawing takes place 11 p.m. EDT Saturday.

"Florida Lottery players will never be required to transfer funds to secure their winnings for Mega Millions or any other Florida Lottery game", the Florida Lottery said in a news release. You can pick your own numbers or the computer will do it for you. Add that up, and you get $1.33 billion.

Here's how Mega Millions used to work: Players picked five numbers from 1 to 75 and a Mega number from 1 to 15. They are getting too powerful.

  • Darren Santiago