Mega Millions jackpot climbs to $343M; Powerball reaches $440M

Mega Millions jackpot climbs to $343M; Powerball reaches $440M

Mega Millions jackpot climbs to $343M; Powerball reaches $440M

The game's cash option is an estimated $215 million.

theLotter hit headlines around the world when an Iraqi man scooped up the $8 million Cdn. jackpot through the service in December 2015. The cash value of the January 2 Mega Millions drawing will be $225 million.

And Americans do love buying lottery tickets.

Tonight's Mega Million's jackpot will be worth at least $343 million, while Wednesday's Powerball jackpot is at least $440 million.

One ticket, which was sold in Florida, matched the five white balls to win $1 million on Friday.

The jackpot has been rolling since it was last won at $42 million on October 13; that prize was shared by winners in MI and Rhode Island.

If you didn't score the big Powerball or Mega Millions jackpot this week to top off the year, you aren't alone.

The Mega Millions victor was also drawn Friday without a victor.

At no time in history have two USA jackpots been simultaneously greater than $400 million, but that milestone may be reached if the games roll another drawing or two. The drawing for Powerball is Wednesday night.

UPDATE (10:38 a.m.): The Mega Millions jackpot has gone up to $361 million.

While the chance of winning either game is very low, and the chance of winning both is very, very, very low - 1 in 88 quadrillion, or 1 in 88,412,922,115,183,000 to be precise.

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