Every Tuesday and Friday, Arizona Lottery draws on the Mega Millions and every Wednesday and Saturday, Powerball is drawn.
"That is true, but you know what?"
"You've got a chance".
Over two months without a victor, the Mega Millions Jackpot stands at $450 million. At the same time, one MS lawmaker is promising something that could be more valuable than a winning ticket: an attempt at getting a lottery started in that state.
Whether you're planning to keep the winnings for yourself, or maybe you're part of an office pool, Donna Bragg with the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery says, a lot more than just the winners reap the benefits of the lottery in Arkansas. This is still fifth-largest jackpot in Powerball history and the seventh-largest jackpot in USA lottery history. "'I won?! No! I didn't!' Of course there would be a jubilation". Most winners opt for cash options, which would be $281 million for Mega Millions and $358.5 million for Powerball.
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But the odds are very, very long. The odds of a ticket matching five numbers and the Mega Ball are 302,575,350 to 1.
"The largest Powerball prize ever awarded in Kentucky was $128 million several years ago to a couple out of Georgetown".
If no one gets the winning numbers, it will roll over and could reach $720 million.
I don't play Powerball because there are too many numbers and my chances of winning are too slim. "We had a Texas player actually win that here in Arkansas", she said. "A shot in the dark, but you have to try". More numbers were added to the twice-weekly drawings to make the lottery tougher to win. Those changes also reduced the likelihood of winning the top prize on a given ticket.