Powerball set to roll for $550 million

Powerball set to roll for $550 million

No one has hit the Mega Millions jackpot since October 13, 2017, while Powerball has not had a jackpot victor since October 25.

"When the jackpots reach these levels, everyone starts to daydream about what they would do if they won", Gordon Medenica, Mega Millions lead director, said in a statement.

While the number of white balls available to be drawn decreased from 75 to 70, the number of Mega Ball numbers climbed to 25 from 15.

Those are the two games with the largest payouts offered by the N.C. Education Lottery, and both are sold in many other states.

With the changes, the odds of winning the jackpot are longer, but players have a better chance at snagging smaller prizes that come with matching some - but not all - of the winning numbers.

Tickets for each drawing can be purchased up until one hour before drawing.

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Casey Tracy drove almost two hours from West Jordan for his chance to win big. "They've never both been this high at the same time".

If someone hits the jackpot, it will be the 10th largest prize in USA lottery history.

Follow the drawing, MLive will publish an update in the morning that includes whether or not anyone won the jackpot. It's now the fourth biggest MegaMillions prize ever and the 13th largest jackpot in U.S History. There were five tickets worth $1 million each sold in Florida, California, North Carolina, New York and OR, and another ticket in Florida is worth $2 million. The odds of picking the right six numbers for the Mega Millions jackpot are 303 million to 1, the game said.

The Powerball odds are about 1 in 292 million.

"People don't even realize there are secondary prizes", said Jacobson.

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