The $730 million Powerball jackpot may have been hit – but all hope isn’t lost.
The Mega Millions jackpot is nearing $1 billion and remains up for grabs.
Drawings for Mega Millions happen every Tuesday and Friday, and that jackpot – listed at $970 million – will continue to grow until someone wins.
Want to be that person? Well, first, hope for luck. You’ll need it, with just a 1-in-302 million chance at cashing out the Mega Millions jackpot.
But a person can dream – or at least win smaller prizes.
Here’s everything you need to know about how to play Mega Millions and Powerball.
Powerball win one of the largest ever
Wednesday night changed someone’s life. We just don’t know whose.
News broke Thursday that a winning $731 million jackpot ticket had been sold at a Lonaconing, Maryland (pop. 1,200) convenience store. The winner, who has yet to be revealed, matched all six numbers during the Wednesday drawing.
It is the fourth-largest jackpot in Powerball history and the sixth-largest jackpot ever won in US lottery history, according to Powerball. Winning the Powerball jackpot comes in at around a 1-in-292 million chance.
After taxes, the lump sum pays $546.8 million. The winner also has the option of splitting the winnings into 30 graduated payments over 29 years.
The Powerball jackpot will now be reset to $20 million. Its next drawing is Saturday.
Attention now solely on Mega Millions
The Powerball win means attention has shifted to Mega Millions and its $970 million prize (cash option: $716.3 million).
To end the longest stretch without a jackpot winner in Mega Millions history, someone will need to hit all six numbers in an upcoming drawing.
It’s bound to happen at some point; until then, the third-largest prize in American lottery history will march upwards.
So what do you need to do to play?
- First, purchase a $2 Mega Millions ticket, then choose your numbers using either a paper playslip or on the Hoosier Lottery app. Use Quick Pick for random numbers.
- Want to multiply your chances for non-jackpot winnings? If so, add Megaplier for an additional $1. For $3 dollars, you can play JUST the JACKPOT and get two chances to win only the jackpot.
- Next, watch the drawing on various Indiana TV stations at 11 p.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays (note: tickets must be bought by 10:44 p.m.).
- Lastly, follow along with your numbers. If you’re unsure of what was called, visit the Hoosier Lottery app, its website, or your retailer.
Of course, there are smaller prizes than the jackpot, from the 5 out of 5 at $1 million down to the Mega Ball for $2. Overall odds to win a prize through Mega Millions are 1-in-24.
Still want to play Powerball? Here’s how.
With the news that Powerball’s jackpot has dropped to $20 million, many may not see the value in playing the game.
But, there are still reasons to take part.
There are smaller prizes that range from $4 to $1 million and an overall 1-in-25 chance to win something.
The way to play Powerball is similar to Mega Millions.
- Buy a $2 ticket and choose numbers on a playslip or the Hoosier Lottery app. Want random numbers? Go back to Quick Pick. A Power Play random multiplier can be bought for another $1.
- Drawings are at 11 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays and can be watched on TV. Tickets must be purchased by 9:58 p.m.
- Check your numbers on the broadcast, the Hoosier Lottery app, or at your retailer.