Things you should know if you hit the jackpot

While the massive jackpot remains, there were five winning $1 million tickets sold in our area.

"We don't say that additional dollars are raised during a big run like this, because we flat-line budget the sales numbers from Mega Millions all year", Polston said.

No grand prize victor was drawn Saturday and the jackpot is now $620 million. "One guy bought $90 worth today (Saturday) between the Powerball and the Mega Millions".

The drawings are held on CW20 around 11 p.m.

Wednesday's Powerball is at $620 million and Tuesday's Mega Millions is up to $1.6 billion, but that money goes more places than just the victor. Several states allow online ticket purchases, but they prohibit out-of-state and foreign purchases. That's another deduction. If you get the 30 year annuity, you're annual payment would be a little under $38 million. The Poweball odds are slightly better at one in 292.2 million.

The Mega Millions website briefly crashed yesterday ahead of the drawing due to a surge in visitors, said a spokeswoman for the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency, which administers the website.

Can you go in person? If that happens, it's likely even more combinations would be covered before the next drawing three days later.

The base prize for matching the five white numbers drawn is $1 million.

North Dakota sold more than $27 million in lottery tickets during 2017. But you can lose almost two-thirds of that $1.6 billion jackpot after you take the lump sum and pay all your state and federal taxes.

As a regular lottery player, he said he buys more tickets when the jackpot is higher.

"It always amuses me that people from so many walks of life come in at $900 million and I guess $200 million was not enough for them", Schoen said. The largest jackpot in USA history will be drawn on Tuesday night.

Powerball has climbed since there was a victor in NY on August 11.

In California, $267 million has been collected in Mega Millions sales over the past 25 rolls.

  • Eleanor Harrison