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Powerball, Mega Millions Combined Jackpots Approaching $1 Billion

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — It might be time to take a chance on that big lottery dream. Maryland Lottery announced that the Powerball and Mega Millions combined jackpot is approaching $1 billion.

“We want our players to have fun, especially when there are two big rolling jackpots to start off the new year,” said Gordon Medenica, Mega Millions Lead Director and Maryland Lottery and Gaming Director. “While we always encourage responsible play, it’s even more important during these trying times to wear a mask and maintain social distancing when purchasing your tickets.”

The Mega Millions jackpot is the 8th largest in history at $520 million with and estimated cash value of $383.4 million. The jackpot has been rolling for more than three months since a $120 million-ticket was purchased in Wisconsin back in Sept. 2020.

The Powerball jackpot is at $470 million with a $362.7 million cash value. It’s 10th largest Powerball in history. The last Powerball jackpot winner was also in Sept. 2020 when a ticket worth $94.8 million was sold in New York.

“It’s been a couple of years since the games have simultaneously offered jackpots this large, and our players are here for it,” said May Scheve Reardon, Chair of the Powerball Product Group and Executive Director of the Missouri Lottery.

At $990 million, the combined total of the Mega Millions and Powerball jackpots is the highest it has been since October 2018. That’s when the Mega Millions jackpot reached its all-time record of $1.537 billion on a winning ticket sold in South Carolina.

It might be time to take a chance on that big lottery dream. Maryland Lottery announced that the Powerball and Mega Millions combined jackpot is approaching $1 billion.

Mega Millions, Powerball Jackpots Total Nearly $1 Billion; Marylanders Hope For Life-Changing Ticket

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Two lottery jackpots sit nearly at a combined $1 billion. In a year where so many have struggled, a winning ticket could change the game for any family brave enough to play.

The Mega millions of winnings are at $447 million and Powerball sits at $410 million. Gordon Medenica, Director of Maryland Lottery and Gaming, said it’s a chance to dream big.

“It’s been a pretty dark year for most of us, so hopefully this will give everyone a chance if nothing else a nice dream,” he said.

More than $400 million up for grabs if you play mega millions or Powerball ! @wjz
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This is the 10th largest prize in Mega Millions history and the highest Powerball in more than a year and a half.

Fernando Diaz, who is playing the lottery, said he’s banking on winning the big bucks, but wouldn’t mind a smaller piece of the pie.

“Instead of having one lucky guy who gets $400 million, they should turn it to 400 people get $1 million,” Diaz said.

Two lottery jackpots sit nearly at a combined $1 billion. In a year where so many have struggled, a winning ticket could change the game for any family brave enough to play.