US Powerball, Mega Millions jackpots top $1 billion

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Every Tuesday and Friday, Arizona Lottery draws on the Mega Millions and every Wednesday and Saturday, Powerball is drawn. "Wish me luck America!"

"It's the dreams, thinking what you could do with that money, imagining the possibilities", he said. It's been more than two months since someone won the Mega Millions and Powerball jackpots, pushing the prizes to near record levels.

He believes this is due to the recent cold weather, and the fact people tend to typically spend more on the lottery during the holidays. While the winning numbers for the Powerball are revealed Saturday night.

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"The jackpots are big, the game's got the most brand recognition among all the games", said Ryan Koppy, sales and marketing manager for the North Dakota Lottery. "If I win, I will tell my kids and grandkids I won, and then I'm out of here!" The victor would take home a one-time, cash option of $347.9 million before taxes, should he or she choose a lump sum payment instead of receiving the prize in installments.

"We have at least 11 Powerball Millionaires in Arkansas".

"I can take care of my family", added Wright.

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But the odds are very, very long. The odds of picking the right six numbers for the Mega Millions jackpot are 303 million to 1, the game said. The odds of winning are one in 292.2 million.

I don't play Powerball because there are too many numbers and my chances of winning are too slim.

If no one gets the winning numbers, it will roll over and could reach $720 million. "We had a Texas player actually win that here in Arkansas", she said.

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Strong ticket sales have pushed the MegaMillions prize to $445 million dollars for Friday night's drawing.

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