Both the Mega Millions and Powerball lottery drawings went without winners this week, pushing the combined lottery jackpot across both games to nearly $1.4 billion, lottery officials said.
The Mega Millions jackpot sits at $750 million after Tuesday’s $625 million prize went unclaimed, lottery officials said. The next Mega Millions drawing will be held at 11 p.m. Friday.
The $750 million jackpot represents the fifth highest in the history of the lottery, and the second highest in the history of the Mega Millions game, according to the Massachusetts State Lottery. A potential winner would take home $550.6 million in cash.
The Powerball jackpot sits at $640 million after Wednesday’s $556.7 million prize also went without a winner. The next Powerball drawing will be held at 10:59 p.m. Saturday.
The $640 million jackpot represents the fifth highest in the history of the Powerball game and the ninth highest in the history of the lottery, state lottery officials said. A potential winner would receive $478.7 million in cash. The odds of winning the jackpot sit at 1 in 302,575,350, the game’s website said.
Friday’s Mega Millions jackpot marks only the second time in the history of the game the jackpot has risen above $700 million, and the largest jackpot since an anonymous player in South Carolina took home the game’s largest prize, $1.537 billion, in October 2018.
Saturday’s Powerball jackpot marks the fifth time in the history of the game the jackpot has risen above $600 million and is the highest available prize since Manuel Franco of Madison, Wisc., took home a $768.4 million prize in 2019. The odds of winning the jackpot sit at 1 in 292,201,338, the game’s website said.
State Lottery spokesman Christian Teja said Massachusetts sold more than 2.7 million tickets for the Mega Millions drawing and over 2.5 million tickets for the Powerball drawing.
Both jackpots were last hit in September 2020.
As part of social distancing efforts amid the COVID-19 pandemic, lottery officials lowered the starting point for each game’s jackpot to $20 million from $40 million.
Tickets for both games cost $2 and are available in 45 states, Washington D.C., and the US Virgin Islands.
State Lottery Executive Director Michael Sweeney urged participants to play within their means.
“As these jackpots approach record-setting levels, we encourage people to keep the experience of playing these games enjoyable by playing responsibly and within their means,” Sweeney said in a statement. “Playing responsibly has taken on an additional meaning in the last year and we join public health officials in reminding people to follow the recommended health and safety guidelines when visiting retail locations.”
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