Powerball, Mega Millions jackpots reach combined $690M with no winners

A customer fills out her Powerball lottery ticket at a convenience store in North Andover Mass

The Mega Millions jackpot is now at $306 million for its drawing on Friday evening.

Prior to the drawing, the jackpot increased from the estimated $337 million to $340 million.

The Powerball jackpot is now worth almost $400 million as there was no victor of the $340 million jackpot for the drawing held on Wednesday, Dec. 27. They also cost $2 per ticket. California resident Jeff Lindsay claimed the winning Powerball ticket June 10 and received an annuity of $447.8 million.

In Michigan, one ticket sold matched four white balls and the Powerball to win $50,000. The second largest, a $758.7 million Powerball jackpot, was won by a single person in August. That took the odds of winning that game from 1 in 175 million to 1 in 292 million.

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Mega Millions players can pick six numbers from two separate pools of numbers-five different numbers from 1 to 70 and one number from 1 to 25- according to the game's rules. To win the jackpot, a player must match all six winning numbers in a drawing. That jackpot was the largest jackpot ever won on a single ticket in USA history!

Wednesday's Powerball Jackpot was the 17th largest in the lottery's history, with the largest being $1.586 billion. The Mega Millions drawings are held Tuesday and Friday at 11 p.m. ET.

All things considered, the situation is anything but favorable for players now that the two lotteries have harder chances for their separate jackpots.

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