The jackpot could increase prior to the drawing if ticket sales outpace expectations.
"When the jackpots reach these levels, everyone starts to daydream about what they would do if they won", Gordon Medenica, Mega Millions lead director, said in a statement. Powerball odds are one-in-about 292 million. Naji said. "If you get lucky, you get lucky".
Louisiana businesses that bank off the extra buyers say they know they'll take a hit but aren't anxious about it.
It became even more hard to hit a Mega Millions jackpot beginning with the October 31 drawing when the matrix of balls was altered. "When customers come in and get other products they [say], 'oh my god it's high!' and 'oh my god no ones won yet!' It's been a stir", says Mike Cook, a Clerk at Time Saver. Wouldn't it be nice to win $400 million and take home $275 million!
"90 percent of it I would give away".
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"I just hope whoever gets it shares it", added fellow ticket-buyer Patrick Travers. But, as THV11's Winnie Wright tells us, the winners aren't the only ones who benefit from the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery. "You don't have to spend a lot of money".
"We drove all the way here to win the big jackpot", Hurtado said.
USA lottery players on Friday and Saturday night will get two shots at record Powerball and Mega Millions jackpots that together topped $1 billion after going months without a victor. We don't always hit the jackpot, but we did once in Arkansas.
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. The odds of winning both are one in 75.6 quadrillion.