Lottery fever hits Wisconsin as Mega Millions, Powerball jackpots soar

Someone in Louisville won $50,000 in Wednesday's Powerball drawing

Someone in Louisville won $50,000 in Wednesday's Powerball drawing

Players of the game purchase a ticket for $2 and in return, are given the chance to win millions.

Friday's Mega Millions drawing will have a top prize of $450 million and Powerball's Saturday jackpot is $570 million, 6ABC reported. The Powerball jackpot also surged, sitting at $550 million, with a $348 million cash option, after no victor Wednesday.

The Mega Millions and Powerball drawings precede Newswatch 16 at 11. The cut-off for sales is 9:58 p.m. Saturday for Powerball and 10:44 p.m. tonight for Mega Millions.

Last time someone won the Mega Millions jackpot was October 13 and the Powerball last saw a victor October 25.

What we now have is two Powerball lotteries.

"I play when it gets real high, say at least $200 million or so!" said retired doctor Fred Loeb of Kansas City.

Nobody hit the Powerball Jackpot Wednesday night, but there are still 3 million winning tickets out there.

"I only play a few times a year, when (the jackpot) gets big", Pinter also said.

Manager Jeff Green said almost all of the players getting lotto tickets are from Utah, since gambling is illegal in the Beehive State. "Everything is by chance these days so, you gotta be in it to win it", says Lynn.

"A lot of people don't realize how much the lottery has contributed to scholarships in Arkansas but it's really really significant", she said. And nearly no one wins either. Saturday's roll will be the 21st roll since the last jackpot was claimed. The odds of winning the jackpot are 1 in 292 million.

Recent big Powerball wins in North Dakota include a $100,000 Powerball with Power Play purchased from a Superpumper in Minot on December 30. The biggest Mega Millions jackpot was in 2012, when three winners split $656 million.

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