Published: Wed, January 03, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

Two lottery jackpots have Coast residents heading to the borders

Two lottery jackpots have Coast residents heading to the borders

Eastern Time and Powerball drawings are held Wednesday and Saturday evenings at 10:59 p.m. With slightly better odds than the Powerball game, it's rare that months pass without someone winning a Mega Millions jackpot.

Mega Millions will draw winning numbers Tuesday for a $343 million jackpot, while Powerball will follow up on Wednesday for a $440 million prize.

The two biggest lottery games are both offering eye-popping jackpots to kick off 2018.

"Some are playing just the Powerball because it has the highest jackpot, but most appear to be getting at least one ticket for both", Maloney added. The jackpot is about $440 million or a $278.3 million cash option, the highest since August 23, when a ticket sold in Chicopee won a $758.7 million jackpot. The odds of winning the jackpot with a $1 ticket are 1-in-13,983,816.

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Mississippi's Legislature is conducting a study to decide whether to legalize a lottery in the state.

Lottery officials said six Mega Million jackpots were won in 2017.

According to a Sunday news release from the Iowa Lottery, someone bought a Powerball ticket in Iowa worth $1 million.

The Mega Millions drawing is televised every Tuesday and Friday at 11 p.m. on selected television stations.

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