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Two mega lottery jackpots up for grabs this week

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Powerball, Mega Millions climb to a combined $441 million

By Todd Northrop

The USA's two powerhouse multi-state lottery games have been steadily growing their jackpots over the past several weeks, and this week they offer a combined $441 million to lottery players who will take a chance to beat the odds.

Up first is Tuesday's Mega Millions drawing, featuring a whopping $253 million grand prize.  It has been more than two months since the Mega Millions jackpot was won, and it has been getting bigger in each of the 19 drawings that have occurred since then.

A player who matches all five numbers plus the Mega Ball number can also collect the prize as a $157.8 million lump-sum cash payout.

Of course, taxes will be withheld, and players can see what the prize will amount to after tax withholdings by visiting the Mega Millions Jackpot Analysis page at USA Mega.

So what should your fallback plan be if you don't win the Mega Millions?  Buy a ticket for Powerball the next day, since that game features a massive $188 million jackpot in the Wednesday evening drawing.

The Powerball jackpot has been growing over the course of the last 12 drawings spanning the past 6 weeks.  It started as a $40 million jackpot on April 22.

A Powerball winner could also opt for the lump-sum cash value of $119.4 million.  USA Mega's Powerball Jackpot Analysis page shows the tax withholdings for each state.

The last Powerball jackpot win was on April 18, when one ticket from Puerto Rico matched all five numbers plus the Powerball for a $50 million prize.  It was the second Powerball jackpot win from Puerto Rico since the island joined the game last October.

It only takes $1 per ticket to play Mega Millions.  Players can multiply prizes with the Megaplier option for an additional $1 per play.

Powerball tickets cost $2 each, with an additional $1 per play if the player wishes to add the Power Play multiplier option.

Both the Megaplier and Power Play will multiply any non-jackpot prizes the player wins by the random Megaplier or Power Play number drawn that evening.

Mega Millions drawings are held every Tuesday and Friday evening at 11:00 PM Eastern Time (8:00 PM Pacific Time), and Powerball drawings are held Wednesday and Saturday evenings at 10:59 PM Eastern Time (7:59 PM Pacific Time).

The winning numbers for both games are published minutes after the drawing at USA Mega (www.usamega.com), home of the USA's two mega jackpot games.

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Happy California
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Posted: June 1, 2015, 9:15 pm - IP Logged

Thank You Todd ,  I will be playing both games. Good Luck & Good Fortune hunting to all Lottery Post members.

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 Chi ha danari, trova cugini. (He who has money finds many cousins.) Italian proverb

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    Two Big Jackpots begging to be won.... Image result for bigger is better

    People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it- George Bernard Shaw.

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      Lavender Rocket

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      Posted: June 2, 2015, 1:32 am - IP Logged

      Two Big Jackpots begging to be won.... Image result for bigger is better

      Wouldnt it be lovely to have the same person win both?

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        Posted: June 2, 2015, 2:18 am - IP Logged

        Right now both games are at a level that most players will buy a ticket or two to just be in the game but haven't reached the sales level that players go into a frenzy standing in line to buy a ticket.  The last three started after sales levels reached $70M and jackpots exceeded $300M+.  One or both game could reach that level if they aren't won in the next three or four drawings.

         * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
           
                     Evil Looking       

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            Simpsonville
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            Posted: June 2, 2015, 6:08 am - IP Logged

            Bought five weeks for both drawings a couple of weeks ago from Indiana.  Can't seem to hit in Kentucky, so won't be playing here until the end of the month.  Can hardly wait to go home to Massachusetts to play some of their games next month.  Good luck everyone!

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              Posted: June 2, 2015, 7:16 am - IP Logged

              Been playing both games since they hit the $100 Million Annuity mark...won a few $$ back, lost a few... I've come to the conclusion it's to stop dilly-dallying around and win one of these tidy sums. Tonight or tomorrow ?? Either would work. Collection plan is in place, Atty's number is in the favorites, CFP and CPA's are set....Now, if only those numbers drawn will see the light of day to match one set numbers on my tickets.

              Stay Positive, Believe and good things will come your way

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                Posted: June 2, 2015, 8:27 am - IP Logged

                Tonight I retire in style. Yes Nod

                 

                Good luck everybody.

                 HyperBe Happy.

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                  I Agree!Party

                   Chi ha danari, trova cugini. (He who has money finds many cousins.) Italian proverb

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                    Elkins,WV
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                    Posted: June 2, 2015, 9:25 am - IP Logged

                    Mega millions on Tuesday and powerball on wed first time in U.S. History

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                      Posted: June 2, 2015, 12:19 pm - IP Logged

                      I'll take both jackpots please Thumbs Up

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                        Posted: June 2, 2015, 1:37 pm - IP Logged

                        Good Luck everyone!!!!! Hurray!

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                          Posted: June 2, 2015, 1:41 pm - IP Logged

                          Up to 260m for mm yeaaaaa

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                            Posted: June 2, 2015, 2:44 pm - IP Logged

                            Wouldnt it be lovely to have the same person win both?

                            Lovely?- Well not for me Maxim. Maybe it's because I grew up in a sharing environment and continue to uphold that principle. That is why l strongly believe in having a high jackpot split between people especially people who NEED it badly. 

                            ** But to each his own. 

                            People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it- George Bernard Shaw.