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Top U.S. jackpots climb to half-billion dollars



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Published on Friday, May 31, 2024





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The estimated add-up jackpots of the two most popular U.S. lotteries, Mega MillionsŪ and  PowerballŪ have been increased to $683 million for this weekend.



The first drawn is the Mega Millions jackpot, which has reached $522 million. The jackpot has an estimated cash value of $240.8 million for tonight's drawing on Friday, May 31, 2024.


Mega Millions tickets are available for purchase on the lottery website for those living in the U.S.


Those living abroad, from any nationality, can play Mega Millions or any of the other international lotteries on The Lotter website.


According to the lottery company, for the second time since last summer, the jackpot has surpassed the half-billion dollar mark after no ticket matched all six numbers drawn Tuesday, May 28, with the white balls 12, 18, 48, 57 and 62. Plus the gold Mega Ball 4  and the Mega Player 5x.



Tonight's drawing will be conducted as usual at the WSB-TV studio in Atlanta, Georgia, at 11 p.m. ET. Soon afterward, the draw video will be available on the Mega Millions website.

Mega Millions tickets cost about $2 per play. Players may pick six numbers from two separate pools of numbers - five different numbers from 1 to 70 (the white balls) and one number from 1 to 25 (the gold Mega Ball) - or select Easy Pick/Quick Pick.

Players win the jackpot by matching all six winning numbers in a drawing. Also, there are a total of nine ways to win a prize in this lottery, ranging from the jackpot down to $2.

Mega Millions jackpot winner will have the choice of a Cash Option or an Annual Payout. Annuity option: Provides for an initial annual payment followed by 29 annual payments.







The second major game of this weekend is Powerball, which has an estimated jackpot of $161 million. The lottery also has an estimated cash value of $75.2 million for the next drawing on Saturday, June 1, 2024.


The Powerball tickets are available for purchase for those living in the U.S. on its website.


Those living abroad, from any nationality, can play Powerball or any of the other international lotteries on The Lotter website.


The jackpot rolled on Wednesday, May 29,  after no ticket matched all six numbers drawn with the white balls 17, 34, 56, 60 and 61.  Plus the red Powerball 9 and the multiplier 2X.

Powerball drawings are broadcast live at 11 p.m. ET from the State of Florida Lottery draw studio in Tallahassee.

 

Drawings are also available on Powerball.com.



The jackpot grows until it is won. Players win a prize by matching one of the 9 ways to win. The jackpot is won by matching all five white balls in any order and the red Powerball.


Powerball costs about $2 per play. To play, people should select five numbers between 1 and 69 for the white balls, then select one number between 1 and 26 for the red Powerball. People can choose the numbers on a play slip or let the lottery terminal randomly pick the numbers.


Jackpot winners may choose to receive their prize as an annuity, paid in 30 graduated payments over 29 years, or a lump-sum payment. Both advertised prize options are before federal and jurisdictional taxes.


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The views or opinions expressed in this article are the sole and exclusive responsibility of the author and do not necessarily represent the opinion of A.M. Costa Rica.

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