Lottery Jackpots rise to near record highs

The Powerball and Mega Millions jackpots combined have grown to almost $1 billion

The Powerball and Mega Millions jackpots combined have grown to almost $1 billion

Officials warn that more than one ticket will not increase your odds and recommend playing within your means.

Those unclaimed prizes range from $31 million for a ticket purchased in Queens, New York in August of 2006, to $77 million for a winning ticket purchased in Georgia in June 2011.

Sanders wasn't the only one undeterred by the long odds. "Everything is by chance these days so, you gotta be in it to win it", says Lynn.

Louisiana businesses that bank off the extra buyers say they know they'll take a hit but aren't anxious about it.

The Mega Million drawing is Friday night at 9 MST. "It's a insane time when the jackpots get this high", she said.

Winning the lottery is a life-changing event that most of us will never get to experience but with this week's open forum, we invite you to dream a little. Lottery retailers saying that's prompting many players to put down money on both. The Powerball jackpot also surged, sitting at $550 million, with a $348 million cash option, after no victor Wednesday.

"90 percent of it I would give away".

"I figure taxes and stuff, it's worth it when it gets up to $300 million or so", said Nate Boos, bought lottery ticket. "If I win, I will tell my kids and grandkids I won, and then I'm out of here!"

There's a misnomer that people in Arkansas don't win the big bucks, but she says that's not true.

"I can take care of my family", added Wright.

Koppy said it varies how often the jackpot is hit.

The Mega Millions jackpot has risen up to $450 million while the Powerball is now at a whopping $570 million.

If no one gets the winning numbers, it will roll over and could reach $720 million.

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