The top prize for one of the nation’s largest lotteries is quickly approaching $1 Billion – which would be the second prize in history to ever cross the billion-dollar threshold!
Back in 2018, a single winning Mega Millions ticket was sold in South Carolina that was the sole winner for a prize of $1.537 billion. Prior to that, in 2016, three winning tickets took home 1/3 of the $1.586 billion jackpot from Powerball.
Saturday’s drawing will be the 35th draw in the jackpot run – making this the longest streak without a jackpot winner in Powerball history. https://t.co/DPwCHl0WE4
— The Denver Post (@denverpost) January 15, 2021
Both Powerball and Mega Millions have had no winners in some of the longest streaks of drawings ever – bringing both prizes above $700 million.
Ahead of the Mega Millions drawing on Friday, January 22, 2021 – the prize is up to $970 million with an estimated cash prize value of $716.3 million!
And for the Powerball drawing on Wednesday, January 20th, 2021 – the prize is up to $730 million with an estimated cash prize value of $546 million!
As the prizes have been growing over the weeks of drawings and the jackpot amounts have become more and more publicized, Americans are lining up at their local c-stores and service stations to get their shot at becoming a millionaire!
According to a report by the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, statistics show that quick-pick tickets (where the machine selects the numbers) are more likely to win than if you select the numbers yourself.
Currently, both Mega Millions and Powerball tickets are $2 each.
Check out the video below for good advice from a lottery attorney on what steps you should take if you win!
And let us know if you plan on getting a ticket in the comments!