Almost $1 billion up for grabs in Mega Millions, Powerball jackpots

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The drawing for the Mega Millions jackpot is scheduled for 11 p.m. on Friday. The Powerball jackpot and Mega Millions jackpots are both over $400 million at the same time for the first time.

The jackpot victor can choose a cash option and receive $281 million. One Virginia ticket is worth $1 million, lottery officials announced Saturday morning. Tickets in California, Massachusetts, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas also matched five numbers.

As of Friday, the Powerball jackpot for Saturday's drawing is estimated at $570 million and Mega Millions is estimated at $450 million, combining for over $1 billion.

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The odds of winning the Mega Millions jackpot are one in 302.5 million.

The next Mega Millions drawing Tuesday will be worth $40 million. The $450 million dollar prize is the fourth-largest in Mega Millions history according to CBS News and stands as the tenth largest across the entire US lottery. It now sits at $570 million and would be the eighth largest lottery prize in USA history.

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