Mega Hundreds of thousands Jackpot Swells to $1.1B, Powerball to $750M

Posted on: March 23, 2024, 09:56h. 

Final up to date on: March 23, 2024, 09:56h.

No Mega Hundreds of thousands ticket on Friday evening matched the six drawn numbers. It marked the thirtieth consecutive drawing and not using a jackpot winner.

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The Mega Hundreds of thousands jackpot for the lottery sport’s subsequent drawing on Tuesday, March 26, is an estimated $1.1 billion. The jackpot hasn’t been received since Dec. 8, 2023. (Picture: AP)

For less than the sixth time in Mega Hundreds of thousands’ 22-year historical past, the estimated annuitized jackpot for the sport’s subsequent drawing on Tuesday, March 26, is upwards of $1 billion. Lottery officers with the Mega Hundreds of thousands Consortium, which conducts the drawings at 11 pm ET on Tuesdays and Fridays on the WSB-TV studios in Atlanta, are forecasting Tuesday’s jackpot to be round $1.1 billion.

Lottery fever continues to unfold all through the nation,” mentioned Georgia Lottery President and CEO Gretchen Corbin, who’s the lead director of the Mega Hundreds of thousands Consortium. The Georgia Lottery oversees every Mega Hundreds of thousands draw.

The $1.1 billion jackpot ranks fifth all-time amongst Mega Hundreds of thousands jackpots. The richest got here final August when a participant in Florida received a $1.602 billion jackpot.

Prime Mega Hundreds of thousands Jackpots — Winner

  1. $1.602B — August 2023 — Florida
  2. $1.537B — October 2018 — South Carolina
  3. $1.348B — January 2023 — Maine
  4. $1.337B — July 2022 — Illinois
  5. $1.100B — March 2024 — ?

Lottery Drought

The Mega Hundreds of thousands jackpot hasn’t been hit since Dec. 8 when two tickets bought in California cut up a $395 million prize. Powerball gamers have been equally unfortunate in successful the jackpot.   

The Powerball jackpot has been hit simply as soon as this 12 months. The stroke of luck got here early on within the 12 months, as a participant in Michigan received an $842.4 million prize in the course of the Jan. 2 drawing.

Powerball is drawn 3 times every week and its jackpot has barely higher odds at one in 292.2 million. Hitting the Mega Hundreds of thousands high prize is one in 302.5 million.

Powerball shall be drawn tonight at 10:59 pm ET from the Florida Lottery draw studio in Tallahassee. Saturday’s drawing would be the thirty fifth drawing within the jackpot run.

At $750 million, tonight’s jackpot providing is the ninth-largest within the sport’s 31-year historical past.

Prime Powerball Jackpots — Winner(s)

  1. $2.04B — November 2022 — California
  2. $1.765B — October 2023 — California
  3. $1.586B — January 2016 — California, Florida, Tennessee
  4. $1.08B — July 2023 — California
  5. $842.4M — January 2024 — Michigan
  6. $768.4M — March 2019 — Wisconsin
  7. $758.7M — August 2017 — Massachusetts
  8. $754.6M — February 2023 — Washington
  9. $750M — March 2024 — ?

Play Responsibly

Lottery officers say huge jackpots improve curiosity and media protection, which ends up in greater ticket gross sales and delivers richer advantages for taking part lotteries. Mega Hundreds of thousands and Powerball reps, nonetheless, encourage the general public to play responsibly.  

Giant jackpots present leisure and winnings for our gamers nationwide whereas contributing to the beneficiary packages funded by every lottery. We admire our gamers and devoted retailers, and we encourage everybody to play responsibly,” Corbin mentioned.

Gamers must also be on the lookout for scams, as heightened jackpots carry out swindlers who use an array of deceitful ways to achieve private info.

Mega Hundreds of thousands mentioned earlier this month that lotteries by no means require an individual to produce their banking account info earlier than receiving their prize. Lotteries additionally don’t attain out to winners through social media or ship emails saying a winner should first pay taxes on their monetary windfall earlier than receiving the payout.

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