Mega Millions, Powerball jackpots total $1.3 billion

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A $1 million ticket was sold at a Shop-Rite in Morris County that matched five of the five white balls from Wednesday evening's drawings.

Add that to the Mega Millions jackpot to be drawn Friday, which has swollen to $900 million, and there are combined jackpots well past $1.3 billion at stake.

As of Thursday afternoon, the Mega Millions jackpot has grown to $970 million. In Indiana, on the other hand, the cutoff for buying Mega Millions tickets is 10:44 p.m. ET. The last Powerball jackpot, which totaled $245.6 million, was won August 11 by a man in Staten Island, New York.

Of course, more players means a greater chance of splitting the jackpot, and, "If you don't have a ticket, you have zero chance of winning". The odds of winning the top prize were 1 in 258,890,850. The odds of winning the jackpot are now 1 in 302,575,350. Players get five numbers from 1 to 70 and one Mega number between 1 and 25.




Seven-time lottery game grand prize victor Richard Lustig tips on his advice to win the Mega Million and Powerball jackpots.

"It really draws in what we call the infrequent player", says Johnson. Mega Millions, Powerball and Hoosier Lotto tickets are available at Hoosier Lottery retailers. The next drawing is Friday.

States have different rules, so depending on where you purchased the ticket, you have from 180 days to a year to claim the jackpot.

The average American spends about $223 per year on lottery tickets, according to a survey from LENDedu. For instance, a KPCC/LAist investigation in California "found contributions to education by the lottery are essentially unchanged from 12 years ago, even though revenues are up by billions".

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