This week is the primary time each the Powerball and Mega Thousands and thousands lottery jackpots have topped $700 million.
DES MOINES, Iowa — The video above about odds of successful Powerball and Mega Thousands and thousands was revealed in October 2018.
Due to math and dangerous luck, lottery gamers had one other shot at an enormous jackpot Wednesday evening as a $730 million Powerball prize was on the road.
The Powerball jackpot was the fifth-largest ever, and got here solely a day after no person received the even-larger Mega Thousands and thousands prize, which now stands at $970 million.
The successful Powerball numbers Wednesday evening, in accordance with a number of reviews, had been 40-53-60-68-69. The Powerball was 22. It was not instantly introduced if a jackpot-winning ticket had been bought.
This week is the primary time each lottery jackpots have topped $700 million. The most important prize was a $1.58 billion Powerball jackpot received by three folks in 2016.
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Nobody has received both of the jackpots since mid-September, permitting the prizes to develop steadily for months. Such an extended stretch with no winner is uncommon but additionally displays the extremely small odds of successful — one in 292.2 million for Powerball and one in 302.5 million for Mega Thousands and thousands.
Maryland lottery spokeswoman Carole Gentry stated Tuesday evening’s Mega Thousands and thousands drawing noticed $260 million in gross sales, leading to 36% of all potential quantity mixtures being coated.
The prizes listed are for winners who select an annuity choice, paid over 30 years. Most winners go for money prizes, which for Mega Thousands and thousands could be $716.three million and $546 million for Powerball.
These prizes additionally could be topic to federal taxes, and most states would take a minimize as effectively.
Mega Thousands and thousands and Powerball are each performed in 45 states in addition to Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Powerball additionally is obtainable in Puerto Rico.