The odds that you'll win the $450 million jackpot in Friday's Mega Millions drawing are really, really bad. Most winners opt for cash payouts, which would be $281 million for Mega Millions and $358.5 million for Powerball.
The winning numbers drawn Friday night to claim the nation's 10th largest jackpot were 28-30-39-59-70-10. The Powerball jackpot and Mega Millions jackpots are both over $400 million at the same time for the first time. On April 22, 2005, a Port Huron couple, Ralph and Mary Stebbins, won $208 million.
The Florida Power Ball, which is up to $570 million, will be drawn on Saturday evening.
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The chances of holding a Mega Millions ticket with the winning numbers are about 1 in 302.6 million, while the odds of winning Powerball's jackpot stand at 1 in 292.2 million. The $450 million dollar prize is the fourth-largest in Mega Millions history according to CBS News and stands as the tenth largest across the entire US lottery.
Players have plenty of time to purchase tickets for both drawings.
And that's prompting people to buy more tickets rather than just one. Powerball tickets may be purchased until 9:45 p.m. on Saturday. "It's a insane time when the jackpots get this high", she said. A "Power Play" option that multiplies non-jackpot prizes by up to 10 times to a maximum of $2 million may be added to any Powerball play for only $1. In 2016, the Lottery provided a record $888.9 million to help support Michigan's public schools.
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