The Powerball along with Mega Millions jackpots have reached a combined total of $727 million.
Lottery players will have a chance to grab the $384 million Powerball grand prize on Saturday. The drawing takes place at 11 p.m. ET.
On Tuesday there’s another shot at a $300 million-plus jackpot with Mega Millions. in which jackpot climbed via $306 million to $343 million after no one won after Friday night’s drawing.
the item’s rare for the jackpots in both games to get so big. however the item’s about to become more common. Both Mega Millions along with Powerball have been changed to make the odds of winning the jackpot longer, meaning there will be more frequent giant jackpots.
In October, Mega Millions changed the numbers via which players can choose, bringing the odds of picking all six numbers to 1 in 302.6 million, via 1 in 258.9 million under the old format.
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The move was similar to one made by Powerball in October 2015. in which took the odds of winning in which game via 1 in 175 million to 1 in 292 million.
While the chance of winning either game will be very low, along with the chance of winning both will be very, very, very low — 1 in 88 quadrillion, or 1 in 88,412,922,115,183,000 to be precise. In percentages terms, in which means you have a 0.0000000000000011% chance of winning both games. Of course.
however in which didn’t stop people via buying tickets to both games in recent days.
“the item’s something we often see, particularly when there are two big jackpots – people buying both tickets, ” said Jeff Lenard, spokesman for the National Association of Convenience Stores, whose members sell about two-thirds of the nation’s lottery tickets. “There’s not much loyalty to a specific games. They’re sold inside same places, so you might as well double down on the number of days in which you can dream.”
along with Americans do love buying lottery tickets. They spent more than $80 billion on them in 2016. in which’s more than they spent on movies, video games, music, sports tickets along with books — combined.
sy88pgw (fresh York) First published December 30, 2017: 2:16 PM ET