via Lottery fever: US Powerball and Mega Millions jackpots top $1B – AOL News

CHICAGO, Jan 5 (Reuters) – U.S. lottery players on Friday and Saturday night will get two shots at record Powerball and Mega Millions jackpots that together topped $1 billion after going months without a winner.

At stake in Friday’s 11 p.m. EST (0400 GMT Saturday) Mega Millions drawing is a $450 million prize, the fourth-largest in its history with a $281 million payout if the winner selects a lump-sum payment.

Saturday’s 10:59 p.m. EST Powerball drawing is worth $570 million, with a $358.5 million lump-sum payment that is the fifth-largest in its history, according to organizers.

Together they constituted the third-largest combined total.

via Lottery fever: US Powerball and Mega Millions jackpots top $1B – AOL News

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