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


Powerball has odds of one in 292.2 million. Folks are very excited.

This weekend, a lucky soul could win an estimated $450-million dollar Mega Millions jackpot or at least $570 million Saturday night in the Powerball drawing. But, as THV11's Winnie Wright tells us, the winners aren't the only ones who benefit from the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery.

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

The Wisconsin Lottery is celebrating its 30th year in business, and officials say during that times it's delivered $4.1 billion in property tax relief.

Lottery fever has quickly spread across the USA, with eager punters queuing up outside convenience stores to buy the $2 (£1.50) tickets.

Well, no one has won the Mega Millions lottery jackpot since the new rules were put in place (unless someone did last night) and now the top prize has risen to more than $400 million.

You could probably buy a small island, but then you'd have to build an airstrip and buy a plane to get in and out, so that would eat up so much of your winnings that you'd probably have to sell the island because you couldn't afford the real-estate taxes.

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

"It would be awesome", said lottery player Robert May.

Sherita Lee has more specific plans if she wins. "'I won?! No! I didn't!' Of course there would be a jubilation". "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".

Last time someone won the Mega Millions jackpot was October 13 and the Powerball last saw a victor October 25.

"We drove all the way here to win the big jackpot", Hurtado said. The Powerball is $358.5 million.

"This is my first time playing either one, so I'm having fun", Halliburton said.

But the odds of winning?

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