Lottery Jackpots rise to near record highs

570 million Powerball jackpot-winning ticket sold in New Hampshire

The combined Powerball and Mega Millions jackpots are now over $1 billion Lots of people are betting on themselves and buying tickets. Did you get lucky and win the $450 million Mega Millions jackpot?

The jackpot is the fourth-largest in Mega Millions history and 11th-largest in US lottery history, according to a press release.

If you were not the lucky Friday victor, there is still the even bigger Powerball jackpot Saturday.

Powerball and Mega Millions tickets are available at Hoosier Lottery retailers.

"The Mega Millions and Powerball jackpots are reaching historic levels, and that generates interest from everyone all across the country", Mega Millions Lead Director Gordon Medenica said in a news release.

The winning numbers will be announced Saturday night at 9:59 p.m. "Hopefully, the Georgia Lottery's gonna fill my needs and come my way", said Jeff Carpenter. NJ.com will post the winning numbers here immediately after the drawing. Yoshiko Rosati, a Joplin Powerball player, said she would like to help those in need if she won, in addition to buying herself a house and traveling.

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There have even been five jackpot winners who have failed to claim their prizes in the last 16 years, according to the lottery data that's available.

"I'm not aware of any other way to shield it", said Mildred Carter, a senior federal tax analyst at Wolters Kluwer, a Riverwoods, Illinois, tax and accounting analysis firm.

The largest Mega Millions jackpot was $656m (£484m), won in 2012, and also shared by three lucky winners. Both games are played in 44 states plus Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

That's because there are now longer odds in both games, leading to less frequent jackpot winners and thus more frequent large jackpots.

No one has hit either jackpot since October, allowing the totals to balloon. In fact, the larger jackpots seem to be encouraging more sales.

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