Powerball, Mega Millions Lotteries Continue to Rise, Jackpots at Over $600 Million Each

by Kayla Zadel
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The Powerball and Mega Millions lotteries continue to make headlines as the jackpots each continue to increase. No winner has yet to come forward after Wednesday’s Powerball lottery drawing. As a result, the weekend jackpot is now around $640 million.

As a matter of fact, Tuesday’s Mega Millions drawing also resulted in no prize winner. Therefore, officials are estimating the jackpot to be around $750 million on Friday.

This is the highest the Powerball jackpot has been since March 2019, the Powerball website states.

Powerball Lottery Drawing Results in Small Wins

Nobody has claimed the staggering millions yet, but a portion of the Powerball pot did go to several winners. According to CNN, Powerball has announced a $2 million winning ticket. This individual matched five numbers and used a power play multiplier for the win. This lottery ticket was sold in Virginia.

Additional winning tickets have also presented themselves. The $1 million tickets have been cashed in throughout California, Colorado, Georgia, Michigan, New York and Texas.

Wednesday’s Winning Powerball Numbers

Check your tickets again for the winning numbers, if you still have them. Those numbers are 4-19-23-25-49 and the Powerball was 14.

The Powerball drawing on Saturday is going to be the fifth-largest in its history. Furthermore, this lottery will be its highest in nearly two years.

The last time this lottery jackpot was hit was in New York on Sept. 16, 2020. Since then, there’s been no winner after 34 drawings. Saturday’s drawing is going to be the 35th drawing in the jackpot run. This makes it the longest streak without a jackpot winner in Powerball history.

The record for the largest jackpots in U.S. history are around the $1.5 billion mark. This includes the Powerball prize of $1.586 billion. It was split between three winners in January 2016.

Mega Millions: By the Numbers

This Mega Millions jackpot will be its second-largest ever. The Mega Millions website says that the odds of winning are one in 302,575,350 in the 45 states where it’s played, plus Washington and the US Virgin Islands.

Mega Millions tickets cost $2.00 per play.

In Oct. 2018 an anonymous South Carolinian came forward to claim the Mega Millions prize of $1.537 billion. This is the largest single-winner of the Mega Millions jackpot.

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