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Mega Millions jackpot grows to $306M

30 December 2017, 12:27 | Cedric Leonard

Mega Millions jackpot grows to $306M

Mega Millions jackpot grows to $306M

Ronald gives them good luck by placing the ticket (s) on his forehead, saying a prayer and making a gesture to his heart, then rubbing the tickets on one of the original blue bird statues at the store.

The Powerball jackpot has jumped to $384 million after no winners hit all five numbers plus the Powerball number in Wednesday night's drawing.

Another $2 will buy a ticket for Saturday night's Powerball drawing.

Both games offering $300 million prizes at the same time has been rare in the past. That jackpot was also the second largest in the game's history and the second largest in USA lottery history.

In October, Mega Millions changed the numbers that players could choose from, bringing the odds of picking all six numbers to 1 in 302.6 million, from 1 in 258.9 million under the old format. Also, make sure that if someone picked up a ticket for you, that they haven't signed it first.

Mega Millions jackpot grows to $306M
Mega Millions jackpot grows to $306M

"Back in late October the play went for a dollar a play to two dollars a play and the whole idea was to increase the jackpot". And so far it has worked.

Chances to win either prize remain a long shot, and Mega Millions' jackpot odds got even tougher after recent changes. If no one wins this Friday, Tuesday's jackpot will be in the top 10.

The general odds of being struck by lightning in the United States in any one year is around 1 in 1 million, according to the National Weather Service, which based its calculations on averages between 2007 and 2016.

To play Mega Millions, buy the ticket at one of the 21,000 California lottery retail locations.

At 1-in-88 quadrillion, the odds of winning both jackpots are not in your favor. Or if you're one of those people who do better with percentages: You have a 0.0000000000000011% chance of winning both games.

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