Growing Lottery Jackpots to Tempt Players This Week

Friday's Mega Millions jackpot soars to $1 billion

Friday's Mega Millions jackpot soars to $1 billion

On Saturday a ticket purchased in Knoxville won $2 million dollars by matching all five white numbers drawn just one number shy of the jackpot.

The two jackpots now have a combined value of over $2.2 billion.

One Powerball ticket sold in CT is now worth $1 million after Saturday's drawing. The estimated jackpot for that drawing would tie the largest lottery prize in US history.

With no one claiming the big prize, the Powerball drawing on Wednesday - one day after a $1.6 billion Mega Millions drawing - will be $620 million.

A customer buys a Mega Millions ticket at the Hy-Vee on Locust St.in Dubuque on Friday, Oct. 19.

The winning numbers on Saturday were 16, 54, 57, 62, 69, and the Powerball was 23.

A Spanish lottery called El Gordo typically generates a larger purse than Mega Millions or Powerball, but that money is split between many different winners and no single prize in El Gordo approaches the size of the latest Mega Millions jackpot, Elkin said.

It costs $US2 to play the game.

That pot has been growing since July when someone in California won the jackpot.

The spike in the Mega Millions ticket price, from $1 to to $2, brought a major change to the starting amount.

Estaban ended up plunking down $10 apiece on Mega Millions and Powerball tickets at Carlton Cards in Penn Station, which sells an average of $246,000 in tickets a week, the most in NY state, according to data obtained by USA Today. The game is played in 44 states, Puerto Rico, Washington D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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