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$2,220,000,000: Mega Millions, Powerball Jackpots Combined

$2,220,000,000: Mega Millions, Powerball Jackpots Combined

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By    |   Monday, 22 October 2018 07:03 AM

$2.22 billion in combined jackpots are up for grabs in this week’s Mega Millions and Powerball drawings as lottery fever sweeps the nation.

Powerball players eagerly clutched their tickets during Saturday night’s drawing, but no one hit all six numbers, pushing the prize up to $620 million, The New York Post reported.

And anyone on planet Earth can tell you the Mega Millions jackpot soared to $1.6 billion, a record for any single lottery, with an estimated cash value of $905 million, after Friday night’s drawing failed to produce a winner.

The next Mega Millions drawing is Tuesday night. The next Powerball drawing is Friday night.

The previous largest lottery jackpot in history was set on Jan. 13, 2016, when the Powerball jackpot hit $1.586 billion

“Mega Millions has already entered historic territory, but it’s truly astounding to think that now the jackpot has reached an all-time world record,” said Gordon Medenica, lead director of the Mega Millions Group and director of Maryland Lottery and Gaming. “It’s hard to overstate how exciting this is – but now it’s really getting fun.”

The combined grand jackpot has seasoned bettors queuing alongside first time players at their local stores.

Brittany Hadley, 31, of Ventura, California, bought her first lotto ticket on Sunday, USA Today reported.

“"Everyone has been talking about it”" Hadley said. “So I was like, ‘Oh, why not give it a try?’ You never know.”

Lamont Smith, 46, of Los Angeles, is a regular player and has bought at least one ticket almost every day since it hit $100 million.

“When I go and put it under the scanner, the thrill is to see if you won,” Smith told USA Today on Sunday. “It's a thrill when that digit comes up that you won. Whether it's $5 or $5,000, it's just the thrill that, ‘Oh, I won!'’”

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