Weekend Open Forum: You win the lottery - what happens next?

Weekend Open Forum: You win the lottery - what happens next?

Weekend Open Forum: You win the lottery - what happens next?

No one has hit the Mega Millions jackpot since October 13, 2017, while Powerball has not had a jackpot victor since October 25.

New year, new chance to become a millionaire. It's a 1 in 12,607,306 shot to win the second prize of at least $1 million by matching five numbers.

While the number of white balls available to be drawn decreased from 75 to 70, the number of Mega Ball numbers climbed to 25 from 15.

Powerball tickets are sold in 44 states, and Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

But to make you feel a little better about those odds, Kentucky does have a history of past jackpot winners.

Louisiana businesses that bank off the extra buyers say they know they'll take a hit but aren't anxious about it. Players choose five numbers from 1 to 69 and one Powerball number from 1 to 26.

The ever-growing, record Powerball jackpot has caught the country by storm and thousands are heading to places to where they can buy the tickets.

Two huge jackpots, totaling a combined $995 million, are up for grabs this weekend.

There's a misnomer that people in Arkansas don't win the big bucks, but she says that's not true. Saturday's roll will be the 21st roll since the last jackpot was claimed.

The odds of winning the Mega Millions jackpot are 1 in 258 million.

Saturday's Powerball jackpot is the eighth largest lottery prize ever. He hopes someone from Mason City or nearby will win the jackpot, because it will bring publicity to North Iowa.

The Mega Millions jackpot is the 4th largest in that game's history. Powerball has odds of one in 292.2 million.

"People don't even realize there are secondary prizes", said Jacobson.

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