Lottery Fever Heats Up As Mega Millions, Powerball Jackpots Continue To Climb

Muriel Colon
October 18, 2018

The winning numbers on Tuesday were 69, 45, 61, 3, 49, and the Mega Ball was 9. The cash option is usually favored by the winners. That honor goes to a 2016 Powerball jackpot, which clocked in at $1.586 billion (although it was shared by three winners).

Mega Millions just keeps getting bigger and better.

Your chances of winning are slim to none, but it might be worth investing a few dollars in the Mega Millions contest in the United States before Friday's drawing.

Acord won the $10,000 prize by matching four of the Mega Millions' first five numbers, plus the Mega Ball.

The estimated jackpot for the drawing would be the second-largest lottery prize in USA history. On April 22, 2005, a Port Huron couple, Ralph and Mary Stebbins, won $208 million playing Mega Millions.


Mega Millions tickets cost $2 per play and there are a total of nine ways to win a prize, ranging from the jackpot down to $2.

Of course, you could also enter the Powerball drawing on Wednesday.

A handful of million-dollar tickets were sold, including one in NY, one in New Jersey and two in Pennsylvania.

"It's so exciting for our players, and all of us, to see the Mega Millions jackpot getting so close to an all-time record level", Gordon Medenica, the lead director of the Mega Millions Consortium, stated in a news release on Saturday. North Dakotans are on the opposite end of the spectrum, spending about $44 per year on the lottery, or the lowest average figure among residents of all 50 states.

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