Published: Sat, January 06, 2018
Economy | By Shawn Conner

Lottery Fever Sweeps Stateline, Combined Jackpot $1B

USA 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 victor.

Those unclaimed prizes range from $31 million for a ticket purchased in Queens, New York in August of 2006, to $77 million for a winning ticket purchased in Georgia in June 2011. Players now pick numbers from 1 to 70 and a Mega number between 1 and 25.

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

"It makes me feel lucky and today's a good day".

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He said he only bought one ticket for each drawing.

Casey Tracy drove almost two hours from West Jordan for his chance to win big.

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.

"One goes way up, and somebody wins it, and it starts over, and then the other jackpot goes up", he said.

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Both jackpots have been rolling since October. The Mega Millions jackpot up for grabs tonight is the 16th largest prize of all time.

The latest increase to the jackpot would be the fifth largest in Powerball history if someone matched all six numbers Saturday night.

Recent big Powerball wins in North Dakota include a $100,000 Powerball with Power Play purchased from a Superpumper in Minot on December 30. It's now the fourth biggest MegaMillions prize ever and the 13th largest jackpot in U.S History. Two ticket holders - one in Rhode Island, the other in MI, split a $42 million prize.

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

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