Powerball, Mega Millions jackpots swell to almost $800M

MEGA MILLIONS TONIGHT

Increasing jackpots with no winning tickets drawn continue to attract new players with Powerball and Mega Millions lotteries both topping the $300 million mark.

The Powerball jackpot is at $440 million for Wednesday night's drawing.

Whether you're a lottery player ot not, you might want to buy some tickets. That includes 5 ticket holders in Iowa, New Hampshire and New Jersey who matched 5 numbers for $1 million.

Almost $800 million is up for grabs between the Mega Millions and Powerball jackpots.

Math still suggests buying a lottery ticket is a losing bet. The biggest Mega Millions jackpot dates back to 2012 when three winners split $656 million.

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"I usually don't play unless the jackpots get to six figures", he said.

Classic Lotto draws at 7:05 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Tuesday's drawing will be the 22nd since the last winning ticket was sold on October 13.

Only once before in history have two U.S. lottery jackpots been simultaneously greater than $300 million, and that occurred in August 2017. The chances of winning the Powerball jackpot are slightly better, at about 1 in 293 million. That's the highest it's been since August, when one ticket for the $758.7 million jackpot was sold in Chicopee.

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