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Lottery Fever Heats Up As Mega Millions, Powerball Jackpots Continue To Climb

Lottery Fever Heats Up As Mega Millions, Powerball Jackpots Continue To Climb

A $5 million winning ticket for Tuesday night's Mega Millions drawing was sold in San Antonio.

The incredible jackpot comes after no ticket matched all six numbers drawn Tuesday night - the white balls 3, 45, 49, 61 and 69, plus the gold Mega Ball 9.

This is the second-largest jackpot in United States history.

The largest jackpot belongs to the 2016 Powerball jackpot of $1.586 billion.

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$543 million, Mega Millions, July 24, 2018 (one ticket, California) 10.

If someone picks the winning six numbers, they can either claim the jackpot in 30 payments over 30 years - the so-called annuity option - or take a reduced amount in a lump sum.

The odds of winning a jackpot remain abysmal at 1 in 258.9 million for Mega Millions and 1 in 292.2 million for Powerball.

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"It's always a thrill to have both jackpots rolling, but there's an extra spark now with Mega Millions reaching a new record", Gordon Medenica, Mega Millions lead director and Maryland's lottery and gaming director said in a statement on Tuesday.

THe jackpot, according to the AP, is expected to climb to $868 million.

The Powerball jackpot up for grabs Wednesday night will be a hefty $345 million, with a cash value of $199 million.

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