This weekend the two biggest USA multi-state lottery games remained unbeaten, with their jackpots continuing to rise.
Now that most states offer tickets for both games, players around the country have the opportunity to play two lottery games, each offering a jackpot of greater than $100 million.
Powerball's annuity jackpot is currently the world's largest jackpot, at $175 million, and Mega Millions has the world's second-largest jackpot, at $105 million.
The lump-sum cash values of the jackpots are a little closer in value, with Powerball having $20 million edge. Powerball's cash value is $84.1 million, while Mega Millions' cash value is $63.5 million.
Players should note that all jackpot amounts are conservative estimates provided by the lotteries, and are often somewhat higher by the time the drawing occurs.
In the latest Powerball drawing that took place Saturday night, there was no jackpot winner, but 9 lucky players matched the first 5 numbers for a $200,000 prize: 1 from Colorado, 1 from Minnesota, 1 from Missouri, 1 from Nebraska, 3 from New York, 1 from South Carolina, and 1 from South Dakota.
The Powerball jackpot estimate was then raised $25 million from its previous amount of $150 million. The cash value was raised by $11.7 million, from its previous amount of $72.4 million.
The next Powerball drawing will take place Wednesday evening at 11:00 pm EDT.
Powerball is currently offered for sale in 41 states, plus Washington, D.C. and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Starting this coming Friday, a 42nd state, Ohio, will be added, with its first eligible drawing taking place on Sat., Apr. 17.
In the latest Mega Millions drawing that took place Friday night, there was no jackpot winner, but 7 lucky players matched the first 5 numbers for a $250,000 prize: 2 from Georgia, 1 from Illinois, 1 from Iowa, 1 from Michigan, 1 from New York, and 1 from Tennessee.
The Mega Millions annuity jackpot estimate was then raised $15 million from its previous amount of $90 million. The cash value was raised by $9.5 million, from its previous amount of $54 million.
The next Mega Millions drawing will take place Tuesday evening at 11:00 pm EDT.
Mega Millions is currently offered for sale in 37 states, plus Washington, D.C. Starting this coming Sunday, a 38th state, Arizona, will be added, with its first eligible drawing taking place on Tue., Apr. 20.
For a complete set of game descriptions, results, history, and all questions regarding either Powerball or Mega Millions, lottery players are encouraged to visit USA Mega (www.usamega.com), a Web site that caters to these two United States multi-state lottery games.