Powerball and Mega Millions now total $801 million

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

Tickets are $2 and must be purchased by 10 p.m., according to the South Carolina Education Lottery, which says the Palmetto State hasn't produced a Mega Millions jackpot victor ... yet.

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

The odds of winning the Mega Millions are 1 in 302,575,350, according to CNBC.

The lump-sum options for the Mega Millions and Powerball jackpots are worth approximately $215.3 million and $278.3 million, respectively.

That makes it more likely for the grand total to roll into the next drawing. Three players from Illinois, Kansas and Maryland split the jackpot.

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The odds of winning the Mega Millions jackpot are 1 in about 303 million.

The winning numbers will be drawn Wednesday.

Mega Millions drawings are held every Tuesday and Friday evening at 11 p.m.

Tuesday's drawing will be the 22nd since the last winning ticket was sold on October 13.

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

On Wednesday night, the Powerball jackpot offers a prize of $440 million.

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