This week's lottery jackpots combined top $800 million

9th largest Powerball jackpot up for grabs

9th largest Powerball jackpot up for grabs

Of course, they remain two separate lotteries, and the odds of winning either, let alone both, are astronomically stacked against ticket buyers. The odds of winning the jackpot with a $2 ticket are 1 in 30,821,472.

Between the Mega Millions and Powerball jackpots, $801 million is up for grabs.

The Mega Millions jackpot now stands at an estimated $361 million, with a cash option of $225.9 million, for Tuesday night's drawing.

And Americans do love buying lottery tickets.

Despite bitter cold temperatures, lottery players are flocking to places around the Tri-State region to get the hottest tickets around - Powerball and Mega Millions. When a player wins, he or she is flown to the U.S. to collect the jackpot in person. The numbers drawn were: 4 - 10 - 18 - 28 - 62, MB 7 Megaplier 2X. The jackpot is about $440 million or a $278.3 million cash option, the highest since August 23, when a ticket sold in Chicopee won a $758.7 million jackpot. Multipliers are available in all states offering the games except California, which bans the type of fixed prize payouts awarded by multipliers. The Powerball jackpot is even bigger at $440 million for Wednesday's drawing.

Overseas players can participate in the Powerball.

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