Mega Millions, Powerball jackpots reach almost $1 billion combined

CJ Gunther  EPA  REX  ShutterstockMega Millions Lottery forms are

CJ Gunther EPA REX ShutterstockMega Millions Lottery forms are

The other multi-state lottery game, the Powerball, also has a jackpot with a sizable sum.

If you want all the Mega Millions money up front, the payout on $654 million is a paltry $372 million.

"It's so exciting for our players, and all of us, to see the Mega Millions jackpot getting so close to an all-time record level", said Gordon Medenica, lead director of the Mega Millions Consortium and director of Maryland Lottery and Gaming.

The last time Mega Millions was this big, it was only worth $2 million more.

The next drawing will be October 17 with the prize of $345 million.

Although the jackpot is massive, the odds of matching all six numbers and becoming instantly wealthy are remarkably small at one in 302.5 million.

New Jersey state lottery officials said there were two third-tier prizewinning tickets sold for the Friday, Oct. 12 drawing that matched four of the five white balls and the Gold Mega Ball drawn winning the $10,000 prize.

Tuesday night's Mega Millions drawing is the second-largest ever at $654 million.

Since there was no overall victor in Saturday's Powerball drawing, the jackpot has risen to $345 million.

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