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You still have time to ring in the New Year as a Powerball or Mega Millions winner

Below is information on the Powerball and Mega Millions jackpots — in case you want to buy a ticket before the end of the year.



Powerball:

There are two Powerball drawings left in 2017 so there’s still time to ring in the New Year with a winner! 

• The Powerball jackpot for tonight’s drawing is an estimated $337 million!  The cash option is an estimated $210.4 million.
• This is the fourth time that the Powerball jackpot has topped $300 million in 2017.
• The Powerball jackpot has rolled 17 times since the October 28, 2017 drawing. 
• So far this year, there have been seven Powerball jackpot wins.

• There are have been two $1 million winners (match five numbers and no Powerball) and 39, $50,000 winners (match four numbers and Powerball) in Kentucky in 2017.
• Powerball costs $2 per play. For an additional $1 per play, the Power Play® option can multiply non-jackpot prize amounts by 2, 3, 4, 5, or 10 times. NOTE: The 10X multiplier is only in play when the advertised jackpot annuity is $150 million or less. The Match 5 prize with Power Play is always $2 million.
• The Powerball jackpot starts at $40 million and grows by a minimum of $10 million every draw until the jackpot is won.
• Players select five numbers from 1 to 69; and one Powerball number from 1 to 26. Players can either select their own numbers on a play slip or request a Quick Pick, which allows a lottery terminal to choose the numbers for them.
• Powerball drawings are held every Wednesday and Saturday at 10:59 p.m. ET and are broadcast live from Tallahassee, Fla.
• Currently, 46 lotteries sell the Powerball game, including 44 states, Washington D.C., and Puerto Rico. Game sales remain suspended in the U.S. Virgin Islands following Hurricane Maria.  
• Odds of winning any prize are 1 in 24.9. Odds of winning the jackpot are 1 in 292 million. It only takes one $2 Powerball ticket to win!


For more Powerball info click here.
 
Mega Millions:

There is one Mega Millions drawing left in 2017! 

• The Mega Millions jackpot for Friday night’s drawing is an estimated $306 million!  The cash option is an estimated $191.1 million.
• This is the second time that the Mega Millions jackpot has topped $300 million in 2017.
• The jackpot has rolled 19 times since the last time it was hit in the Oct. 13, 2017 drawing.
• So far in 2017, the Mega Millions jackpot has been hit six times.
• There has been one $1 million winner (match five numbers and no Mega Ball) in Kentucky in 2017.
• Mega Millions tickets are $2; The Megaplier option is an additional $1. Prizes on all Megaplier tickets are multiplied, except for the jackpot.
• Starting jackpots are $40 million with a minimum increase of $5 million per draw until the jackpot is won.
• Players select five numbers from 1 to 70; and one Mega Ball number from 1 to 25. Players can either select their own numbers on a play slip or request a Quick Pick, which allows a lottery terminal to choose the numbers for them.
• Just the Jackpot is an exciting new option, available in Kentucky and some other states, that allows players to get two chances at the jackpot for just $3.00.  Just the Jackpot tickets are not eligible for any other prize levels.  The “Just the Jackpot” wager type costs $3 and gives players two Quick Pick entries for a chance to win the jackpot only.
• Drawings are conducted at 11 p.m. ET on Tuesdays and Fridays in Atlanta, Ga.
• Mega Millions is currently played in 46 jurisdictions: 44 states plus Washington, D.C., and U.S. Virgin Islands.
• Overall chances of winning any prize: 1 in 24. Odds of winning the jackpot are 1 in 302 million.


For more info on Mega Millions: click here.

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