Mega Millions Close to Setting New Record

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The increase from $654 million reflects a surge in ticket sales. There hasn't been a Mega Millions jackpot victor since it reached $543 million in July.

Your odds of winning the jackpot is about 1 in 303 million.

Mega Millions isn't the only large lottery prize up for grabs this week; the Powerball jackpot grew to a cool $345 million, meaning the two prizes together total more than $1 billion.

The Powerball jackpot for Wednesday's drawing has reached an estimated $345 million.

Hurricane Leslie churns toward Portugal, Spain - 10/13/2018 12:54:47 PM
Previously predicted that the storm Leslie formed on 23 September will be the strongest for Portugal over the last 150 years. More than 15,000 homes were reported to be without power, while several flights to and from Lisbon were cancelled.

Since there was no overall victor in Saturday's Powerball drawing, the jackpot has risen to $345 million.

The winning numbers for the Friday, Oct. 12 drawing were: 04, 24, 46, 61 and 70. One ticket, sold in Arkansas, matched the five white balls Friday night to win the game's second prize that, because of a multiplier, cashed in for $3 million. That historic drawing, back in March 2012, for $656 million was shared between ticket holders in Illinois, Kansas, and Maryland.

Last week, Powerball suffered a minor setback when the drawing was moved from Tallahassee, Florida, to Urbandale, Iowa, because of evacuations from Hurricane Michael.

No one won the drawing Saturday night, so the jackpot is now at an estimated $354 million. "Jackpot fever is definitely sweeping the country!"

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