Mega Millions, Powerball jackpots reach almost $1 billion combined

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The largest lottery jackpot was a $1.6 billion Powerball prize won in January 2016. But raising the number of Mega Balls makes it harder to win the jackpot.

As of Thursday afternoon, the Mega Millions jackpot has grown to $970 million.

Lottery officials say the ticket was sold at the Minit Mart #664 on Leestown Road.

However, its second-biggest one of all time for $656 million happened in 2012 before the tweak.

N.C. officials said that in Tuesday's drawing, 93,726 tickets sold in North Carolina won a prize, ranging from $2 to $10,000.

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A $150,000 winning ticket from Wednesday night's Powerball drawing was sold in Owensboro. That ticket is worth $5 million.

Its jackpot has ballooned to $900 million for Friday's drawing - the second largest in US lottery history and the biggest in the game's history- after yielding no winners since the end of July.

The jackpot has been growing since July, when some California office workers won $543 million.

Powerball is now at an estimated $430 million and Hoosier Lotto is an estimated $18.8 million.

"Florida Lottery players will never be required to transfer funds to secure their winnings for Mega Millions or any other Florida Lottery game", the Florida Lottery said in a news release. In that year, lottery ticket sales eclipsed the combined total of what Americans spent on movies, video games, books, music and sports tickets. 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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