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Powerball Names Winner, Mega Millions $970 Million Jackpot Remains Unwon

by Halle Ames
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One lucky person has been named the winner of the Powerball. However, the massive Mega Millions prize is still up for grabs.

This was the first time the enormous prizes for the Powerball and Mega Million both topped over $700 million.

On Wednesday night, lottery players had another shot at the $730 million Powerball prize. Within the last few days, the swarm of people that bought tickets in hopes of getting lucky pushed the purse up nearly $20 million.

The winning ticket was sold in Maryland as the fifth-largest Powerball jackpot in history. The winning numbers were 40-53-60-68-60 with the Powerball of 22. In addition, the largest Powerball purse topped out at $1.58 billion in 2016 and was won by three people.

Your luck might not have run out just yet. The even bigger Mega Million prize of nearly $970 million is still out there.

One moment while I run to the nearest gas station.

Odds of Winning the Powerball or Mega Millions

However, your odds of winning the lottery are minuscule. You have a nearly 1 in 292.2 million chance of winning the Powerball and a 1 in 302.5 million for Mega Millions.

You have a better chance of getting bitten by a shark, struck by lightning, and crushed by a vending machine. Yes, that would be an unfortunate series of events, but you get the picture.

Due to neither lottery having named a winner since the middle of September, the significant prize amount has been able to accumulate.

Carole Gentry, the spokesperson for the Maryland lottery, said on Tuesday night, the Mega Millions draw saw over $260 million in sales. As a result, 36 percent of all the possible number combinations were covered.

The winner will unfortunately not walk away with all the money in hand. Between the federal and state taxes, the winner will lose millions, but when you just become over $900 million richer, what is a few million anyway?

We would be pleased to find $5 today in a jacket pocket.

[H/T New York Post]