Lottery fever hits Wisconsin as Mega Millions, Powerball jackpots soar

06 January, 2018, 02:55 | Author: Kathy Ellis
  • Steph Machado | WPRI 12

Officials warn that more than one ticket will not increase your odds and recommend playing within your means.

Under the new rules, tickets are $2 and jackpots reset at $40 million.

"The largest Powerball prize ever awarded in Kentucky was $128 million several years ago to a couple out of Georgetown". Naji said. "If you get lucky, you get lucky". Players now buy a ticket for $2, $3 if they add Power Play. If there's no victor for Saturday's drawing, the next estimated jackpot for Powerball will be $725 million.

"My point of view is if I win the jackpot, I would spend that money here in Mason City", Akbar said.

"I bought 20-something dollars worth of merchandise", he said as he held a brown bag of items he picked up while across the state line. No one has hit the Mega Millions jackpot since October 13, 2017, while Powerball has not had a jackpot victor since October 25. "Obviously the tax would take quite a bit of it, but the rest of it, I would give away to charity", echoed Travers. "So if I win, I guarantee I will start a funding specifically for those two".

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"We drove all the way here to win the big jackpot", Hurtado said.

Lunchtime at the Riverside Travel Center here sees a lot of in-and-out traffic, and today most of the vehicles in the parking lot had MS license plates.

Koppy said it varies how often the jackpot is hit.

As of Friday, the Powerball jackpot for Saturday's drawing is estimated at $570 million and Mega Millions is estimated at $450 million, combining for over $1 billion.

But the odds of winning?

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