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Powerball and Mega Millions jackpots combined top $1 billion

January 11, 2021 By Dar Danielson

The Powerball and Mega Millions jackpots both went unclaimed and are at a combined total of more than one billion dollars.

Iowa Lottery spokeswoman, Mary Neubauer says it is just the second time that the jackpots have simultaneously topped the $500 million mark. “They both were last won in mid-September,” Neubauer explains. The last time both were more than $500 million was in October 2018 when the Mega Millions jackpot was on its way its record amount in that game of more than $1.5 billion.
Mega Millions has the next drawing at 10 p.m. Tuesday.

The Mega Millions jackpot now stands at an estimated $600 million annuity and a $442.4 million lump-sum option. That is the fourth-largest jackpot in Mega Millions history. The next Powerball drawing happens Wednesday. The Powerball jackpot currently stands at an estimated $550 million annuity — or $411.4 million lump-sum option. That is the ninth-largest jackpot in Powerball history.

Neubauer says there is one thing to remember if you want to buy a ticket for either drawing. “There is a deadline to buy tickets for both Mega Millions and Powerball — it is 8:59 the night of the drawing here in Iowa. So if you buy a ticket after that deadline it will be for an upcoming drawing and not that night’s drawing,” Neubauer says. “We have had people who have cut it too close before and then they were not happy. So, just watch out for that timeframe.”

Neubauer says you won’t increase your odds if you buy more tickets and they urge people to play responsibly. She says they’re calling them dueling jackpots, and are waiting to see which one will be won first.

Powerball and Mega Millions jackpots combined top $1 billion January 11, 2021 By Dar Danielson The Powerball and Mega Millions jackpots both went unclaimed and are at a combined total of more

No winners since September, Powerball and Mega Millions jackpots both above $320 million

December 23, 2020 By O. Kay Henderson

The jackpots for the Powerball and Mega Millions lottery drawings both exceed $300 million and Iowa Lottery spokesperson Mary Neubauer says that’s a rarity.

“Neither one of these jackpots are anywhere near a record because in the last couple of years the jackpots in both of these games have been well over a billion dollars,” Neubauer says. “…But it’s just interesting to see that they’re both above $300 million at the same time and that has only happened once or twice in the history of these games, which go back decades.”

The jackpot for tonight’s Powerball drawing is an estimated $321 million.

“Mega Millions is just a little bit ahead in terms of the jackpot amount right now because its latest drawing was just last night and nobody won the big prize,” Neubauer says, “so the Mega Millions jackpot now stands at an estimated $352 million annuity for its next drawing on Friday.”

After sluggish sales earlier in the pandemic, these two jackpots have been growing since late September.

“The jackpots in these games are driven mostly by sales and for much of this year folks in huge swaths of the country haven’t been able to get out and run errands and buy everyday things like lottery tickets, like they might have done in a non-pandemic time,” Neubauer says. “It’s a race to see which one will be won first. It’s another strange twist in this really strange year.”

The largest lottery payout ever was for Powerball drawing in January of 2016. Three tickets matched the winning numbers and split the more than $1.5 billion jackpot.

No winners since September, Powerball and Mega Millions jackpots both above $320 million December 23, 2020 By O. Kay Henderson The jackpots for the Powerball and Mega Millions lottery